Different advanced degree schools have different ticket exchange procedures. Please contact your school’s Commencement Coordinator for questions on the ticket exchange. Graduates are strongly encouraged to exchange general Commencement tickets for accessible seating tickets as soon as possible following May ticket distributions.
From the general seating tickets that you will receive in May, you can exchange one ticket for the guest that requires accessible seating and another ticket for a companion who is permitted to sit in the accessible seating area. The companion must also have an accessible seating ticket.
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.
There are a number of medical equipment rental companies in the local area. Wheelchairs, walkers and scooters may be rented from local vendors in the area that provide short term loans for a fee. Family and friends needing such wheeled mobility aids are strongly encouraged to reserve necessary equipment well in advance of coming to campus.
The Commencement Day ceremonies will be sign language interpreted in the accessible seating area. You will need a ticket for the accessible seating area (See ticket exchange information above). Open captioning is provided on the large LED screens conveniently located in Tercentenary Theatre.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-495-1859.