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Special services are available to accommodate needs of people with disabilities who will be participating in and attending Commencement activities at The University of Texas at Austin. 

Services for Guests with Disabilities

Specific Information Related to the University-wide Commencement Ceremony at the Tower

Frequently Asked Questions

 

Services for Degree Candidates with Disabilities

Degree candidates who require specific accommodations due to a disability are asked to contact their college, school or department representative so the proper arrangements can be made prior to arrival at Commencement programs.

Services for students with disabilities are available through the Dean of Student's office. Please call Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. at (512) 471-6259 or by TDD at (512) 471-4641. On Saturday, May 19, information is available by calling the University Police Department at (512) 471-4441 or by TDD (512) 471-4777.  While every effort will be made, the university may be unable to fulfill last-minute requests.

 

Services are available to accommodate needs for people with disabilities attending Commencement activities. If you require accommodations due to a disability, please contact the appropriate office listed below at least five days prior to Commencement. More information about campus resources for people with disabilities is available at http://www.utexas.edu/disability. This information includes a map with details of accessibility on campus.

For information on services for the university-wide ceremony on Saturday evening, please call Equal Opportunity Services, Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. at (512) 471-1849. On Saturday, May 19, information is available by calling the University Police Department at (512) 471-4441 or by TDD (512) 471-4777. While every effort will be made, the university may be unable to fulfill last-minute requests. A reserved seating section for guests with hearing impairments will be available near the southwest corner of the stage. An interpreter will be provided. In addition, a limited number of wheelchairs will be available to help transport people with mobility issues to and from their seats. Those requiring wheelchairs for the duration of a ceremony should plan on making their own accommodations prior to arriving on campus.

College, School and Department Convocations

For information on services at the Frank Erwin Center, please call (512) 471-7744. For information on disability services at the Performing Arts Center, Bass Concert Hall, Bates Recital Hall and Hogg Auditorium, please call the Performing Arts Center Patron Services Office at (512) 471-0627. For other venues, please consult the schedule and contact the representatives listed.

 

Specific Information Related to the University-wide Commencement Ceremony at the Tower

In the rich tradition of Commencement at The University of Texas at Austin, the university-wide Commencement ceremony on Saturday evening is held in front of the Tower. In consideration of crowd safety and the physical confines of the location, parking in and around the Tower is extremely limited. This presents a challenge to guests and participants with mobility impairments who would traditionally take advantage of handicapped parking spaces in the area. To help minimize inconvenience, the following services are available for those who need assistance getting to and from the Commencement site.

Reserved Parking
Reserved parking for persons with state-issued handicapped permits will be available in the parking lot located on the northwest corner of Dean Keeton Street and Whitis Street (campus lot F-27) or in any handicapped space on campus that is not restricted due to Commencement.

Free Disability Services Shuttle
For people parking in the F-27 lot, northwest corner of Dean Keeton Street and Whitis Street, a Disability Services Shuttle will transport you to and from the Tower for Commencement. This service will begin at 5:30 p.m., and continue after the event until all guests have been assisted.

Disability Services Drop-Off Location
Guests and participants with mobility impairments may be dropped off near the Tower prior to the evening Commencement ceremony and picked up at that same location following the program. To access the drop-off location, enter campus on 24th Street from the west. At the corner of 24th Street and Whitis Street, the guard at the guard station will direct you to the drop-off location. Once the passenger has been droped off, the driver will need to immediately find regular parking in public parking spaces

Download Disability Services Map

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: I have a disabled or elderly passenger who cannot walk very far. What should I do?

A: Drop the passenger off at the Disability Services Drop-Off Location. Staff will be available with wheelchairs to assist guests to seating locations reserved for people with disabilities. Following the ceremony, staff will also assist guests in returning to the drop off location.

Please Note: A limited number of complimentary wheelchairs are available to transport guests with special needs to the reserved seating section. Wheelchairs are not available for people requiring a wheelchair for the duration of the program. Due to limited space, the reserved seating area is restricted to the person with the disability and one guest. Additional members of your party should sit in regular public seating areas.

Q: I am driving to the ceremony and have a state-issued handicapped parking permit. Where can I park?

A: Park in reserved parking in campus lot F-27, northwest corner of Dean Keeton Street and Whitis Street, the Disability Services Shuttle will be available to transport you to the Tower for Commencement.

Q: My family member is deaf or hard of hearing. Will an interpreter or any other accommodations be provided?

A: A sign language interpreter will interpret the entire ceremony. Reserved seating for those with hearing impairments will be available on the west side of the stage (to the left as you face the stage). Due to limited space, the reserved seating area is restricted to the person with the hearing impairment and one guest. Additional members of your party should sit in public seating areas.

Closed Captioning will not be provided on the video screens.



Q: Where can I find accessible restrooms at the university-wide ceremony?


A: A list of accessible restrooms will be available at Disability Services tables (located near Littlefield Fountain and west of the Tower). Buildings adjacent to the Tower and South Mall will have signs directing people to “Restroom” locations that are available to the public. Locations with accessible restrooms will be identified by signage with the handicapped symbol.

 

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