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

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!

Pick up your parking passes from the Cowell College/Advising Office between Monday, June 3 and Friday, June 14 (from 9am-4pm). Photo ID required. Only graduates who have registered online for Cowell's Commencement (via Step 1) will be issued passes. Student must be present to pick up their own passes.

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 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 ~100 yards from the audience seating area.

SIGN LANGUAGE INTERPRETATION 

You may request sign language interpretation when you register for the ceremony. 

SHADE SEATING

A large majority of the audience seating area is shaded.

QUESTIONS OR OTHER ACCOMMODATION RELATED NEEDS

Please contact Amy Ferrasci (cowlacpc@ucsc.edu or 831-459-2255) if you have a request or concern not addressed on this page.