Information for Guests with Accessibility Needs

For guests with accessibility requests for any of our on- or off-campus Commencement events, please complete the accessibility request form by Friday, May 5 so the Commencement staff can be in touch to assist you.

American Sign Language Interpretation

ASL interpreters will be present on the stage throughout the Awards Ceremony, Baccalaureate Mass, and Commencement. At Baccalaureate Mass, seats are reserved on the stage left (audience right) side for viewing the interpreter and a large screen with a picture-in-picture display will be available. At the DCU Center, each side of the Commencement stage will have a large video display board that will have a live feed of the stage, picture in picture of the event, and captions. Overhead in the center of the arena there is also a 4 sided video display board that will have the same set up. If you or a member of your party anticipate using these services, please complete the accessibility requests form so we can best assist you.

Assistive Listening Devices

Assistive listening devices for use during the Awards, Baccalaureate Mass, and Commencement can be requested using the accessibility request form. These are available on a first come, first serve basis. 


Live captioning will be available on the livestream of the Awards, Baccalaureate Mass, and Commencement Ceremony. 

At Mass and Commencement captions will be available on display boards. At Mass and Commencement, there will be large video display boards with a live image of the stage, picture-in-picture interpreter, and captioning. 

A stream of the captions (not video) will also be available on a website called Streamtext for Mass and Commencement


In addition to traditional print programs, programs will be made available via pdf files for viewing on electronic devices to enhance size or utilize reading devices. The electronic versions will be available as pdf downloads from the Commencement website.

Transportation and Parking

Thursday, May 25 on campus

  • Guests may park in the following locations: Hogan Lots, Freshmen Field (weather permitting), and the parking garage. 
  • There will be shuttles available on campus to assist guests. Shuttle stops will be clearly marked throughout campus. 
  • For Baccalaureate Mass, guests who use wheelchairs may be dropped off at gate zero for Mass (if held outdoors). Please complete the accessibility request form to assist us in planning for your arrival. Two levels of the parking garage will be reserved for guests with handicap placards. 

Friday, May 26 at the DCU Center

  • The DCU Center is handicapped accessible. Guests are advised to enter at the Major Taylor Blvd. and Foster Street entrance.
  • Handicap permit parking in designated and metered spots is available adjacent to the DCU Center. The Mercantile Garage is the nearest garage to the DCU Center event entrance. More information can be found on the DCU Center website
  • DCU Center has fourteen viewing areas designated for accessible seating in Sections 102, 103, 104, 106, 108, 110, 112, 113, 117, 118, 120, 121, 123, and 125. These are available on a first come, first serve basis.