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Special Needs Seating

Individuals with special needs may request reserved, ground-level seating at the Main Ceremony in Lions Stadium. One guest from the same party may accompany the person requiring special needs seating.

To request special needs tickets or if you have specific questions, please contact Karen Paterson, special needs seating coordinator:

Please contact your graduate’s department/school for special seating provisions that you may require at Departmental/School Ceremonies.  Contact numbers are listed under More Info > Important Phone Numbers section of this website.


Wheelchairs can be rented at the medical supply companies below. For further information regarding pick up and return, please call the vendors.

Delcrest Medical Supplies

Monroe Medical Supplies

Parking/Drop Off

Only vehicles bearing state-issued handicapped license plates and/or window placards will be permitted to park in the designated special needs parking areas (Lots 4 & 14). Vehicles without handicapped plates will be permitted to drop off aged or disabled guests/passengers at Paul Loser Hall Circle (see map) or via Green Lane entry to Decker Parking, where your party can be escorted to the ceremony via golf cart.

Please advise your guests that walking distances between the Main Ceremony and the Departmental Ceremonies may be considerable.

Traffic will be heavy! Plan on extra travel and parking time.

Signing for the Hearing Impaired

The Main Ceremony will have a sign language interpreter.

Reserved seating with a sight line to the sign language interpreter can be arranged for the Main Ceremony in Lions’ Stadium. One guest from the same party may accompany the person requiring sight line seating. To reserve these seats, please contact Karen Paterson, special needs seating coordinator:


If you require a sign language interpreter at Departmental Ceremony, please make this request through the Office of Disability Support Services.

Office of Disability Support Services
Phone: 609.771.3199
Fax: 609.637.5107
Attention: Meghan Sooy, Director of Disability Support Services