For wheelchair information and a description of services the University provides to guests with disabilities or health concerns, contact Lauralee Field, 203 432-2317. Please submit requests for wheelchairs or sign language interpreting by April 30 to insure availability. Assistive listening devises may also be reserved for events in Woolsey Hall and Old Campus.
Cars with valid handicapped tags or license plates will be accommodated in Yale Lot 51 from 4 pm Friday through Monday. Click on "Directions and Parking" for directions to Lot 51.
On Commencement morning, overflow parking for cars with handicapped tags will be provided on the surface lots of Ingalls hockey rink on Prospect Street. (From I-91, take Trumbull Street exit. Turn right at second light onto Whitney Avenue. Turn left at the next light onto Sachem Street by Peabody Museum. Turn right at light onto Prospect Street. Garage entrance is on left.)
Wheelchair-accessible vans and other transport vehicles are on call 24 hours on Commencement weekend. To schedule, call 203 432-9255. Please call 30 minutes before desired pick-up.
Although shuttles are available to take Commencement guests to some diploma ceremonies, the streets surrounding Old Campus are extremely congested. Guests of colleges and schools at a distance from Old Campus may find it convenient to reserve a complimentary wheelchair for older family members. To reserve, contact Lauralee Field by April 30, 203 432-2317.
Some professional schools reserve buses to take their Commencement guests to diploma ceremonies. These buses will be parked on College Street, facing north. Check "Schedule" section for professional school or contact dean's office for details.
Seating for Commencement and Class Day, Old Campus
Old Campus is a relatively flat, grassy rectangle with accessible entrances on College, High, and Chapel Streets. In addition to these accessible public entrances, wheelchair users and accompanying family members may enter Old Campus via a specially marked gate on High Street near the Yale Post Office. This wheelchair-only entrance leads to an area of reserved seating for wheelchair users and all accompanying family members. A small LED screen is available for better viewing of the Commencement ceremony. Directly across the street from the wheelchair entrance is an accessible portable restroom.
Unless weather conditions are dangerous or severe, Commencement and Class Day will take place outside on Old Campus, although processions and programs may be shortened.
Guests in wheelchairs and all accompanying family members may view simulcasts of Class Day and Commencement in Linsly Chittenden Hall, 63 High Street. Battell Chapel is available to the general public for simulcasts of both ceremonies.
Diploma ceremonies in some residential colleges and schools may be moved to alternative locations listed in the section "Rain." All other diploma ceremonies will take place under courtyard tents or in previously announced interior locations.
Commencement and Class Day are broadcast live on Yale cable television and the local Comcast channel and streamed from the Commencement website. Many residential colleges and schools make provisions for guests to watch the Old Campus proceedings in classrooms or common rooms. Check with the master's office in the residential colleges or the dean's office in the professional schools for viewing locations.
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