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Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony Guest Services for Saturday May 24, 2014

Access services for the Commencement Ceremony for Undergraduates on Saturday, May 24th in Cox Stadium will be available to guests who are elderly, have mobility limitations or have other disabilities. A limited number of wheelchairs are available for loan at no charge, from checkout stations located across from the main entrance of the stadium and at the lower level of the Parking Garage, however guests who are unable to stand for extended periods of time are strongly encouraged to bring their own wheelchairs, as the wait time for the shuttles may be as long as an hour. A list of local vendors who rent wheelchairs on a daily or weekly basis is located at the bottom of this page.

Following the ceremony, please arrange to meet family and friends at your vehicle or on the upper campus, as the movement of the crowd makes meeting within the stadium impossible. Graduates will be asked to leave the stadium by the pathway on which they entered, towards the area in front of the Student Services Building. Guests requiring transportation should allow 30 minutes to an hour to exit the stadium. Long traffic delays for vehicles leaving the Parking Garage are anticipated.

The Processional of graduates begins at 12:15 pm, but guests requiring transportation to the stadium and seating on the field, should plan to arrive on campus between 10:00 and 11:30 am. Transportation to seating will be limited once the processional begins. Requests for accommodations can be made through May 5, 2014 by completing an online request.

Requests for accommodations received after this date cannot be guaranteed. Passes for disability transportation and seating will be mailed out after May 5th. 

Contact Susan Lai at 415-338-6148 or email for more information on access and special accommodations for guests and graduating students. 

Services for deaf or hard-of-hearing guests

The ceremony will be open-captioned on a Jumbotron screen located near the stage. Guests who are deaf or hard-of-hearing may also request seating near the sign language interpreter for themselves and up to two companions. Reservations for interpreter seating can be made by completing an online request form.

Guest seating and transportation

For guests who are not able to walk long distances from the parking lots or down the bleacher steps into the stadium, there are several alternatives available for viewing the ceremony.

Option 1 – Wheelchair accessible general seating

The top row of bleachers on the north side of the stadium is designated for guests with wheelchairs, scooters or mobility limitations, and all members of their parties.  Advanced reservations for parking or seating are not required. This is good choice if you have a party of more than three people or do not require transportation to the stadium. Note: all pedestrian traffic between the Parking Garage pedestrian bridge and the main stadium gates will be suspended from approximately 12 to 1 pm for the processional of graduates.

Option 2 – Transportation to seating

Free shuttle service will be provided from 10 am to 12 pm from the lower level of the Parking Garage, and until 1:00 pm from the bus stop on 19th Avenue and Holloway Avenue. Space in the Garage is limited and only one disability parking pass per graduate will be issued. Transportation from anywhere on campus can be requested by calling the University Police Department at 415-338-7200. Please note that due to the large number of guests on campus and the line-up of graduates, wait times for the shuttle may be between 15 minutes and an hour.

The shuttle drop-off points are located a distance of 2 to 3 blocks from wheelchair accessible seating and a maximum of two persons may accompany the guest with the disability. General and disability seating on plastic folding chairs on the stadium floor, is on a first come, first served basis. Requests for disability seating passes can be made by submitting an online request or contacting Susan Lai at 415-338-6148 or  by May 5th.  Requests for accommodations received after this date cannot be guaranteed.

Option 3 – Indoor seating

Cox Stadium is an outdoor venue with no shade or protection from the weather so guests who are susceptible to sun or cold may prefer to view a live broadcast of the ceremony indoors in the Cesar Chavez Student Center. The Student Center is wheelchair accessible and food and restrooms are located in the building. Tickets are not required. Transportation is available but subject to delay due to the large number of guests and graduates expected to attend.

Local Wheelchair Rental Agencies

This list of local businesses that rent wheelchairs on a daily or weekly basis is not a comprehensive list or an endorsement or recommendation by the university. All information and fees should be verified with the vendor before renting any equipment.

Allure Mobility
851 Van Ness Avenue, #1
San Francisco CA 94109
(415) 447-0000

Rentals available on a weekly basis - manual wheelchairs: $49, electric wheelchairs: $149, electric scooters: $129


A/Z Medical Supply
2411 Clement Street
San Francisco CA 94121
(415) 831-2330

Rentals are available on a weekly basis for $55 per week.


City Wheelchair
1485 Bayshore Blvd., #412
San Francisco CA 94116
(415) 431-9900

Rentals available for at rate of $50 per day or 3 days for $70 per week.


ITC Medical
(800) 661-4907
(415) 387-7100
4373 Geary Boulevard
San Francisco, CA 94118

Rentals available on a weekly basis for $55 per week.

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