Accessibility Accommodations for Commencement Weekend
A printed map indicating accessibility routes and entrances may be requested from SAS by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 401-863-9588. Copies also will be available at the Welcome Kiosk.
If your guests have disability-related needs that are not addressed below, please contact SAS at 401-863-9588. Requests for interpreting or wheelchair access for departmental programs, forums or other events should be made with as much notice as possible, but no later than May 1. After this date, SAS will continue to process requests, but cannot guarantee accommodations can be made.
Access Shuttle (on-campus rides for those with mobility concerns)
SAS provides a shuttle for people with disabilities or medical conditions to locations throughout the campus during Commencement and Reunion Weekend. The shuttle is wheelchair-accessible. Please indicate if wheelchair access is needed when you call.
Rides should be scheduled in advance if possible. Due to heavy ridership, Sunday rides must be planned in advance. Please note: wait times may be longer than usual during the time of the University Ceremony. To reach the SAS shuttle dispatcher, call 401-225-9572. The Access Shuttle operates during the following time frames during Commencement and Reunion Weekend:
- Friday, 7 a.m. to 3 a.m.
- Saturday, 7 a.m. to 1 a.m.
- Sunday, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
If you have a state-issued hang tag, you are welcome to park in pre-marked handicapped spots on campus, but we cannot guarantee their availability. (The tag can be from any state.) View a map of accessible parking spots on campus to identify potential options.
Two accessible lots will be available for those who complete the Accessible Parking Permit form. Please note that accessible spaces are limited and are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Drop Off Passes are recommended for individuals who will be transporting guests with mobility concerns who are able to navigate the campus themselves. These passes allow individuals to drop guests off near the College Green on Commencement day. Drivers then park their vehicle on campus or in the local area. This pass does not provide any reserved parking for the holder. Learn more in the Drop Off Passes section below, where you will find a link to download and print the pass when it is available.
If you have questions or need additional information about parking, please contact the Office of Transportation and Parking Services at 401-863-3157.
See the medical school section for information about parking near the medical ceremony.
The Drop Off Passes are also available to help guests with mobility concerns access the Warren Alpert Medical School Ceremony at First Unitarian Church. This pass allows the holder to go past the barricade at the corner of Benefit and Charlesfield streets to drop off guests. After guests are dropped off, the vehicle must make a u-turn and immediately exit the barricaded street to find street parking. No vehicles will be allowed after 8:30 a.m. Please email email@example.com to request a pass. If you are unable to print the pass, passes will be available for the students to pick up at the Saturday rehearsal.
Guests needing additional time to be seated can enter the church early at 8:45 a.m. along with one guest. Please go to the back entrance of the church located on Benefit Street. A staff member will direct you to the designated seating area.
Throughout the weekend, accessible portable restrooms will be available wherever portable restrooms are provided. In addition, accessible restrooms are located in buildings around the main green, including:
- Sayles Hall, lower level (down the hall and to the left from the accessible entrance)
- Campus Center (Faunce House), second floor (elevator available)
- Salomon Center, lower level (elevator available)
- Friedman Hall (best for those with personal care attendants or help, elevator available)
Wheelchair and scooter rentals are available from local vendors, who will deliver and pick up right from the campus. Brown University does not provide wheelchairs.
During Baccalaureate, the College Ceremony, the University Ceremony, Doctoral Convocation, and Master's Convocation, usher staff will be available to assist guests in finding seating. Seating is not permitted in aisles or walkways, but ushers will assist guests in wheelchairs in finding seating and/or removing chairs from the end of rows as space allows. Please keep in mind, all seating is on a first come, first served basis.
For guests who may have a hearing impairment, captioning will be available on both large screens for Baccalaureate, the College Ceremony and the University Ceremony. Assistive listening devices will also be available for checkout on the College Green at the sound booth.
Navigating campus with the anticipated high volume of guests and cars can be challenging. In addition, weather can also be unpredictable. As such, we offer two options to view the ceremonies remotely — online and at indoor viewing location(s) on campus.
Baccalaureate, the Doctoral Ceremony, the Procession and both the College and University ceremonies will be streamed live on the internet via Brown's Commencement livestream page.
On campus, Baccalaureate, the Procession and both the College and University ceremonies will be livestreamed in the following locations:
- Nelson Fitness Center (pool spectator location)
- Metcalf Research Building, Friedman Auditorium (enter on Thayer Street)
- Salomon Center (the accessible entrance is to the left of the front door)
- Sayles Hall (the accessible entrance is on the right side of the building; after entering, take the elevator to the first floor)
On Commencement Day, the majority of streets near the College Green are closed due to the Procession and lineup. Drop Off Passes allow individuals to drop guests off at the access point closest to the College Green on Commencement day. Drivers then park their vehicle on campus or in the local area. This pass does not provide any reserved parking for the holder. These passes are only recommended for individuals who will be transporting guests with mobility concerns who are able to navigate the campus themselves.
To utilize this service, download the Drop Off Pass and place it on the dashboard of the vehicle you will be using to drop off guests so that police officers can direct the car into the drop-off queue.
If you are unable to print a pass, you may pick one up from one of the welcome stations on the College Green on Saturday or Sunday of Commencement Weekend.