Accommodations for Commencement

Students: please communicate pertinent information to your guests so they can plan accordingly. This allows all guests to fully enjoy the celebratory day. Thank you!

DISABILITY LOT PARKING PASS

Each student registered for the Cowell ceremony can pick up their two parking passes from the College College/Advising Office beginning Monday, June 5, 2017. Students may swap out one of both of these event parking permits for a disability lot parking permit (no special request or advance notice is needed); this is also done at the College Office.

The only benefit of a disability pass is that the lot is serviced by UCSC vans that have wheelchair-lift capabilities. Please obtain a disability pass only if your guest will benefit because they:

  • Use a wheelchair or electric scooter, or
  • Are physically unable to board the steps up into a campus shuttle, or
  • Will be driving themselves and are unable to walk from a parked car in East Remote to the internal shuttle stop (those that are not driving themselves can be dropped at the internal shuttle stop and wait while the driver parks).

Guests with a regular commencement pass can shuttle from East Remote and will disembark in the same location as the vans from disability parking. The wait for a shuttle from East Remote is significantly shorter than the wait at the disability lot (because there are far more shuttles than disability vans), which is why a disability lot permit should only be acquired in the above circumstances. Thank you!

CROSSING THE FIELD FROM THE SHUTTLE/VAN DROP

All guests, whether disembarking from a UCSC shuttle or UCSC disability van, will cross from the edge of the playing field out to the audience seating area (~70 yards). Guests wishing assistance may visit the attendant at the tent marked "Disability Support" near the shuttle/van drop; the attendant will have a wheelchair available and will use it to assist guests to the audience section. Please let your guests know of this resource.

The wheelchair is available only to transport guests to/from the seating area and/or restroom and cannot be left with any one guest (it is needed to support all attendees). If your guest will need use of a wheelchair for more than transport to/from the seating area, they should arrive with their own wheelchair. Wheelchairs may be available for rent from local pharmacies. Restrooms are ~150 yards from the audience seating area.

SIGN LANGUAGE INTERPRETATION (PLEASE REQUEST BY MAY 5)

Students: if you or a guest will require sign language interpretation, please contact Kara Snider (klea@ucsc.edu, 831-459-4655) no later than Friday May 5. Though we will make every effort, we cannot guarantee assistance if a request is made after May 5, due to the high demand for university-approved interpreters during the commencement season.

LARGE PRINT PROGRAMS

Large print programs will be available at the Programs and Information tent at the ceremony site.

LIMITED SHADE SEATING

There will be limited amounts of shade seating, available on a first-come first-served basis, near the rear of the audience. You are invited to review this picture for a sense of the ceremony site.

QUESTIONS OR OTHER ACCOMMODATION RELATED NEEDS

Please contact Kara Snider (klea@ucsc.edu or 831-459-4655) if you have a request or concern not addressed on this page.