Guests with Disabilities


Guests with Disabilities

Harvard welcomes family members and guests with disabilities on Commencement Day, Thursday, May 25, 2017. Accessible-seating and other reasonable accommodations are available for individuals with disabilities in Tercentenary Theatre on Commencement Day. Graduating Seniors and Advanced Degree Candidates are strongly encouraged to exchange general Commencement tickets for accessible seating tickets as soon as possible following May ticket distributions . For information related to reasonable accommodations, obtaining accessible seating tickets and/or answers to frequently asked disability-related questions, graduating students and guests should visit the University Disability Services (UDS) website. Visit our website often as updated Commencement information will be posted as soon as it becomes available. You may also contact University Disability Services at or 617-495-1859.

Accessible seating tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis and will be distributed until all tickets are gone. Harvard will make every effort to accommodate parents and guests without accessible seating tickets on the morning of Commencement, however accessible seating is limited and advanced planning is strongly encouraged.

The accessible seating section is located adjacent to University Hall and will be clearly marked with the International Symbol of Accessibility.

Please review the "Frequently Asked Questions" below for information that will help to make your visit to Harvard and attendance at Commencement most enjoyable.

Additional questions regarding accessibility accommodation needs for Commencement events should be directed to or 617-495-1859.

Frequently Asked Questions

I will be attending the Commencement ceremonies and will need accessible parking. Where do I park?

Harvard Square can be very busy on Commencement Day and as such, University Disability Services has collaborated with the Parking and Transportation offices to provide accessible parking options. Accessible Parking for Commencement will be located at the Athletic Complex, south of campus. After you park, there will be accessible shuttles available to take you to the Harvard Yard’s Tercentenary Theatre. The shuttle buses will be running continuously on a schedule of every 10-15 minutes offering transportation across campus.

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My mother, who is blind, will be attending Commencement. Is it possible to provide her with a Braille copy of the Commencement Program?

Contact the University Disability Services Office at least 3 weeks in advance of your arrival on campus in order to provide the necessary time to convert text to Braille. Disability Services may be reached at or 617-495-1859.

I am coming to my daughter's graduation and am not sure how I will be able to find my way around campus.

There will be ample directional signage related to accessibility seating and restrooms in and around Tercentenary Theatre on Commencement Day. Additional accessible information is available at Please visit the University Disability Services website for forthcoming Commencement accessibility maps.