Commencement '19

A crowd of students cheer at Commencement

University Disability Resources is pleased to offer the following accessibility information for Commencement 2019. The information contained on this website should be used in conjunction with the Commencement Office's website at www.commencement.harvard.edu and your school's commencement website. Accessible seating (please see ticket exchange process below) and other accommodations for individuals with disabilities are available by request in Tercentenary Theatre for Commencement Day.

Accessible Ticket Exchange - Harvard College

Graduating seniors may request an exchange of general seating tickets for accessible seating tickets at the Senior Desk, which opens May 13th. Accessible seating tickets are available for exchange on a first-come, first-served basis and will be distributed until all tickets are gone. The Senior Desk is located at the Harvard Alumni Association (124 Mount Auburn Street, 6th Floor; except where otherwise noted on their website), and will be open weekdays 11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m., from Monday, May 13, through Wednesday, May 29 (Class Day). HUID is required.

For more information on the Senior Desk - please visit: http://alumni.harvard.edu/college/undergraduates/graduation-information

In order to accommodate as many family members and friends with disabilities as possible in the reserved seating area, individuals with an accessible seating ticket will be permitted to have one companion accompany them into the accessible seating section. The companion must also have an accessible seating ticket.

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

As a courtesy, on Commencement Day wheelchair runner assistance is provided from the gate to the guest's seat in Tercentenary Theatre. Guests are encouraged to arrive early on Commencement Day to avoid some of the crowding that usually takes place after 8:30 a.m. Gates open at 6:45 a.m. First aid stations and wheelchair-accessible restrooms will be located in Sever, Weld, and Thayer Halls.

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Accessible Ticket Exchange - Graduate & Professional Schools

Graduate and Professional schools manage their ticket exchanges locally at the school. Please find below a listing of school Commencement websites. If you are not sure of your school's Commencement Coordinator, please feel free to reach out to disabilityresources@harvard.edu and we would be happy to provide the direction.

Accessible seating tickets are available for exchange on a first-come, first-served basis and will be distributed until all tickets are gone. In order to accommodate as many family members and friends with disabilities as possible in the reserved seating area, individuals with an accessible seating ticket will be permitted to have one companion accompany them into the accessible seating section. The companion must also have an accessible seating ticket. The accessible seating section is located adjacent to University Hall and will be clearly marked with the International Symbol of Access. Please see: 2019 Commencement Accessibility Map. As a courtesy, on Commencement Day wheelchair runner assistance is provided from the gate to the guest's seat in Tercentenary Theatre. Guests are encouraged to arrive early on Commencement Day to avoid some of the crowding that usually takes place after 8:30 a.m. Gates open at 6:45 a.m. First aid stations and wheelchair-accessible restrooms will be located in Sever, Weld, and Thayer Halls.

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Local Vendors for Wheelchair Rental

There are a number of medical equipment rental companies in the local area that can provide short term loans of walkers, wheelchairs, or scooters for a cost. Family and friends needing such wheeled mobility aids are strongly encouraged to reserve necessary equipment well in advance of coming to campus.

Courtesy Wheelchair Runners in Tercentenary Theatre

On Commencement Day, May 30th, there will be staff at the entry gates to Harvard Yard providing courtesy wheelchair rides from the gate to the guest’s seat in Tercentenary Theater, either to general seating or accessible seating. No reservation is needed for the wheelchair runner service.

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