We aim to make Commencement activities accessible to all students and their supporters.
Students or guests needing disability accommodations during Commencement should make accommodation requests using the Disability Accommodation Requests online form by May 8, 2015. Late requests will be responded to depending on availability.
For questions about accommodations during graduation activities and Commencement, please email DisabilityServices@wellesley.
Commonly Requested Accommodations
- Manual Wheelchair for use during Commencement
Requested wheelchairs will be available on the morning of Commencement. Your family member will need to sign for the chair at pickup and return it by 2:30 pm. To rent a wheelchair privately, you may contact Byrne Home Health Center in Natick Tel 508.655.3656.
- Accessible Seating because of a mobility, hearing, seeing, or health-related disability or impairment.
A maximum of three seats will be available per graduate. Please pick up your accessible seating tickets by May 22.
- Accessible Seating with Aisle Space for a guest using a wheelchair, please request this to ensure enough maneuvering and aisle space.
- Accessible Drop-off Area.
There will be a drop-off area at Commencement for guests with disabilities who request this and are being driven to the ceremony.
- Accessible Parking Area.
A designated parking area will be provided for guests who have mobility impairments and are driving themselves and request this.
- Transportation between Parking Area, Ceremony, and Reception with lift-equipped Van.
This will be available upon request to get guests with disabilities to and from parking, the ceremony, and the reception.
- Interpreters, Transliterators, and Captioning for individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing.
Requests may be made for a sign language interpreter for American Sign Language (ASL), Signed English, Cued Speech, and Video Captioning Seating.
- Alternative-Format Programs for individuals who are blind or have low vision.
Requests may be made for audio, large print, or Braille Commencement programs: Please make your request for a large print or Braille Commencement program early to allow for production time.
- A Wellesley College Accessible Routes Campus Map.
This map contains accessible entrance locations and the most level pathways across campus is available online and may be printed as a PDF
For Disability Accommodations needed during Commencement, please make requests using this online form. If you have questions about any disability-related need, please email DisabilityServices@wellesley.