Information for Guests with Accessibility Needs

Please read the sections below for information on event accessibility.

If you have a need that is not addressed below, please complete the accessibility request form by Friday, May 3 so the Commencement staff can be in touch to assist you.

American Sign Language Interpretation

American Sign Language symbol

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. For the Commencement Ceremony at DCU, there will be large video display boards on both sides of the stage, as well as and on the overhead jumbotron, with a picture-in-picture display.

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. These links will be made available in May.

At Mass and Commencement, live captions will be available on large video display boards with a picture-in-picture of the interpreter. These displays will show open captions in real time, provided by a human captioner. These same captions will be available for those watching the remote stream on YouTube.

Deaf Services Unlimited also provides a stream of the captions (not video) to a website called StreamText for viewing on any mobile device if desired. StreamText is a browser based platform for viewing live, text only captions. Links to the StreamText captions will be made available closer to the event.


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 23 on campus

  • Guests may park in the following locations: Hogan lots, Freshmen Field (weather permitting), or the parking garage.
  • There will be shuttles continually available running on a loop on campus to assist guests. Shuttle stops will be clearly marked throughout campus.
  • For Baccalaureate Mass, guests who use wheelchairs should be dropped off at Gate Zero for Mass (if held outdoors). Two levels of the parking garage will be reserved for guests with handicap placards.

Friday, May 24 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. Staff will be available on site if you have questions or need further assistance.