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COMMENCEMENT 2014 - Guest and Graduate Accommodations

Access services for the Graduate Commencement Ceremony on Friday, May 23rd and the Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 24th in Cox Stadium, will be available to graduates and guests who are elderly and/or have mobility limitations or other disabilities. The ceremony will be open-captioned on a Jumbotron screen located near the stage.

The event will take place rain or shine, however there is no shade or other protection in the stadium, and the weather in San Francisco is unpredictable and subject to drastic changes throughout the day. Comfortable shoes and layered clothing are recommended, and sunscreen and a hat may also be very beneficial. Personal attendant services will not be provided. Attendees who are unable to stand for long periods of time or to walk from their vehicle to the shuttle stop are strongly encouraged bring a wheelchair. A number of local businesses rent wheelchairs on a daily or weekly basis.

Accomodation services for all graduating students (ceremonies on Friday and Saturday)

Graduates participating in the processional will line up on campus and move down a steep hill into Cox Stadium. Wheelchair or scooter users should proceed to the front of their college lineup and once in the stadium, sit at the end of the aisle. The stage where you will receive your diploma cover is wheelchair accessible.


Access to the ceremony

You can bypass the lineup and processional by making arrangements for transportation into the stadium where you can join your college as they march in. If you believe that you may have difficulty getting to and from the stadium or stage (for example, blind/low students) you may bring an attendant or make arrangements with someone in your graduating class to accompany you.


Captioning and sign language interpreting services

The entire ceremony will be open-captioned on a Jumbotron screen located near the stage, visible throughout the stadium. If you prefer to be seated near an ASL interpreter, proceed to the front row of the disability seating section instead of sitting with your college. Near the end of the ceremony, you will rejoin the graduates as they cross the stage to receive their diplomas and exit the stadium.

Contact Susan Lai at 415-338-6148 or for additional information about transportation, attendants, and other access services for guests or graduating students.

Graduate Ceremony Guest Services for Friday, May 23

More information on access services for guests attending the Graduate Ceremony on Friday, May 23rd.  

Undergraduate Ceremony Guest Services, Saturday, May 24

More information on access services for guests attending the Undergraduate Ceremony on Saturday, May 24, 2014 .

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