The commencement ceremony will be fully accessible. Drop-off service and accessible seating arrangements will be available for individuals with disabilities or limited mobility.  Closed captioning will be available on video screens. In addition, ASL interpreters will be on site in a designated area and hearing devices can be requested from the facility.  For more information, please read below.


ADA accessible parking and drop-off locations are available for individuals with disabilities and those with limited mobility. For parking information, including shuttle service, please visit the Spring Ceremony Parking page. For detailed campus parking maps and instructions on the recommended areas to park, please visit the Parking & Transportation Services Commencement website. Guests with further questions on accessibility parking needs or accommodations please call or send an email to or (303) 492-9725.

Wheelchairs and Other Mobility Devices

Wheelchair assistance and seating is available throughout commencement. Please note that wheelchairs are for transportation only and cannot be used for patron seating during the ceremony. Additionally, we are unable to loan wheelchairs for use throughout the day, due to the volume of patrons needing these services and our limited supply of wheelchairs. If you do not have a personal mobility device that you can bring with you, you may rent one in your hometown or from a local rental agency.

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Wheelchair Seating

Wheelchair seating will be available in Sections 103, 114, 118, 119, and 121. (View Map of Folsom Stadium Seating). Companion seating is also available, but as space is limited during commencement we ask that only two guests accompany you in this area. Seating is available nearby for additional family members and friends. Officials will be on hand the morning of the ceremony for assistance. Reservations are not required for these seating areas, but as these seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis we recommend arriving early.

Wheelchair Assistance

Staff with wheelchairs will be stationed on the North side of Duane Physics and Astrophysics to assist guests with wheelchair transport to and from the curb to the seating area.  You may wish to arrive early and please note it will take some time to help all guests back to their vehicle.  No reservations are required for wheelchair assistance. You can view this area and the nearest parking on the wheelchair map.

Assistive Listening Devices

Assistive listening devices will be available the morning of the ceremony and can be located at the platform stage on the stadium field. No advance reservations are required.

Real-Time Captioning

Real-time captioning will be available during the Spring Commencement ceremony for individuals who are hearing impaired. Captioning is shown on a video board in the stadium and can also be viewed on personal mobile devices.  To access the captioning on your mobile device, please visit and enter 2969 for Folsom Field, then click "login."

Sign Language Interpreting

ASL is provided during the Spring Commencement ceremony.  The interpreters will be located in front of section 119.  If you would like to request a sign language interpreter for a college or department ceremony, please contact the ADA Compliance office at or (303) 492-9725 at least two weeks in advance of the ceremony.  Please include information about the location and time of the ceremony in your request. 

Large Print and Braille

If you require programs in large print or braille, please contact the ADA Compliance office at or (303) 492-9725 at least two weeks in advance of your arrival on campus in order to provide the necessary time to convert the program.

Service Animals

The University of Colorado Boulder welcomes guests and their service animals to our campus, including commencement and department ceremonies. Service animals must remain under control of their handler and not cause a disruption to the event. Commencement staff may need to relocate a guests’ seat if the service animal impacts fire code regulations or cannot reasonably fit within the space provided by the individual’s seat. We will make all reasonable efforts to ensure the seat is similar to the one you selected.  Please note that, per University policy, pets and emotional support or comfort animals are not allowed in CU buildings, but are allowed in outdoor spaces. 

Other Accommodations at Specific College or Department Ceremonies

Certain departments administer their own individual degree ceremonies.  Individual departments will provide graduating students information related to that student’s individual degree ceremony in the weeks prior to commencement.  Individuals who require an accommodation for any of the individual degree ceremonies should contact the ADA Compliance office at (303) 492-9725 or at least two weeks in advance of the event so that the appropriate arrangements can be made.  You may also wish to contact the department directly regarding specific parking and other concerns such as elevator use and nearby accessible restrooms.