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Wheelchair Rentals

The university will not have wheelchairs available for general use by guests over commencement weekend. If you have a guest who needs the assistance of a wheelchair, we recommend you either bring your own or rent from a third party vendor. Guests may set up wheelchair rentals directly through Scootaround. Reservations should be made well in advance of commencement weekend as supplies may be limited. Since Scootaround is a third party vendor, guests are responsible for making their own arrangements including payment, delivery, and return. 


Guests with valid state-issued handicapped permits or plates requiring accessible parking will be permitted to park in the lots next to the Asbury and Osborn buildings. Parking spaces are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. An arrival time of at least 45 minutes prior to the ceremony is recommended.


Accessible Entrance

Drivers may also drop off guests with limited mobility at the accessible entrance before finding parking on campus. This entrance, located on the south side of Bender Arena across from the Asbury Building, allows for ground-level access to the arena floor. Public Safety staff will be present in the parking areas to direct vehicles to this entrance.

Accessible routes to receptions will be marked on our campus map. 


Special Seating

A seating section, located next to the ground-level entrance to Bender Arena, will be available for senior citizens and persons with physical disabilities and their families. Reservations are not required. Seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Sign language interpreters and closed captioning will be provided.

Guests and graduates who have questions should contact the Academic Support and Access Center at 202-885-3360 v/tty or