Disability Services for Commencement
We aim to make Commencement activities accessible to all students and their supporters.
Students or guests requiring accommodations during graduation activities and Commencement should make requests to Jim Wice, director of Disability Services, as soon as possible and no later than Friday, May 2, 2014.
This Google form will help make your request.
Commonly Requested Accommodations
- A manual wheelchair during Commencement, May 30, 2014.
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. Please be sure to make your request to Jim Wice by May 2 to ensure a wheelchair is reserved for you. Note: 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 16.
- Aisle space for a guest bringing his/her own wheelchair.
Please contact Jim Wice by May 2 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.
- A lift-equipped van.
This will be available upon request to get guests with disabilities to and from parking, the ceremony, and the reception.
- Services for people 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 CART. Please contact Jim Wice by May 2.
- Services for people who are blind, low vision, or need alternative print formats.
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. Please contact Jim Wice by May 2.
- A Wellesley College accessible routes map.
This map contains accessible entrance locations and the most level pathways across campus is available online (click the wheelchair icon) and as a printable PDF.
Please contact Jim Wice at 781.283.2434 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to request an access accommodation for you or a guest. Please feel free to call if you have questions about any other disability related need.