We make every effort to anticipate the needs of the many guests who will gather at Williams for Commencement Weekend. We do have handicap seating available for guests who need it. We ask that you arrive early to the events below–and by 8:30 for Commencement–so that we can help you from where you’ll park to where you’ll be seated. If you do not find the information you need below, we encourage you to contact us. Printed maps and additional information will be available at Commencement Central in Paresky Student Center from 10 am – 6 pm on the Friday and Saturday of Commencement Weekend. We cannot provide wheelchairs. Please contact Surgimed (413) 663-8655 if you need such services.
Accessibility Information for Specific Commencement Weekend Events
Ivy Exercises – Saturday @ 1:10pm – Library Quad
Parking: We recommend all guests (and those driving guests) with mobility issues park in the Lower Chapel Lot. Golf carts will be available to transport guests to the ceremony site and back to the lot.
Seating: Ivy Exercises is open seating. Please arrive early and find a seat that works best for your family’s needs.
Baccalaureate – Saturday @ 5:00pm – Chapin Hall (tickets required)
We recommend all guests (and those driving guests) with mobility issues park in the Lower Chapel Lot. Golf carts will be available to transport guests to the ceremony site and back to the lot. Please use the rear entrance to Bernhard Music Center (to the Brooks-Rogers elevator) or the ramp at the front entrance of Chapin Hall (which connects to Brooks-Rogers).
Baccalaureate Simulcast – Saturday @ 5:00pm – MainStage, ’62 Center and Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall (no tickets)
We recommend all guests (and those driving guests) with mobility issues park in the Lower Chapel Lot. Golf carts will be available to transport guests to the ceremony site and back to the lot. Those who do not have tickets to Chapin Hall are invited to view the Baccalaureate Service in Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall, adjacent to Chapin Hall, or in the MainStage at the ’62 Center, no tickets required. The parking lot for the ’62 Center is in the rear of the building, and you can drop off at the the front of the building, directly off Route 2, before parking your car.
In addition to wheelchair spaces, the ’62 Center is equipped with a limited number of aisle seats that have folding armrests on aisle sides to make transfer easier for those with mobility limitations. The house manager can provide you with an assistive listening system. You will need your driver’s license to check out a headset. For more information call (413) 597-2425.
Commencement – Sunday @ 10:00am – Library Quad
Parking: We recommend all guests (and those driving guests) with mobility issues park in the Lower Chapel Lot by 8:30 am.If that lot fills up, please park in the lot behind nearby Thompson Hall. Golf carts will be available to transport guests to the Commencement site, and from there to the President’s Reception, then back to the parking lots. The demand for transport will likely be higher right after 9:00am, so please plan to arrive early to assure you will be seated before the ceremony begins.
Seating: Seating for those in wheelchairs or with limited mobility will be located in a clearly marked section. Family members are welcome to accompany their guest(s) in this section, though if you have a large party of guests, we ask that some in your group site elsewhere to ensure enough seats for those who need them.
In the event of an Indoor Commencement (tickets required) or Ivy Exercises (no tickets):
Parking: The Danforth Lot, located off of Spring Street just past Pera Bistro, and the upper section of the Field House Lot closest to Lansing Chapman Rink will be designated parking for those with mobility issues. A door leading directly to an accessible seating area is located off the Danforth lot and will be clearly marked and staffed by ushers. The accessible entrance from the Rink lot is to the right of the main entrance.
For those guests without tickets (Commencement only), Chandler Gym is our simulcast venue. Those transporting family members in wheelchairs or with mobility issues can park in thehe upper section of the Field House Lot closest to Lansing Chapman Rink. Entrance to Chandler Gym will be via the pool locker room door or the main entrance to Chandler Gym. If using the main entrance, family members can be dropped off by Pappa Charlie’s Deli and escorted to the courtyard. Ushers, Campus Safety officers, and signage will direct families as needed. If you enter via the main entrance, please take the elevator to the ground floor.
Seating: Please look for the designated handicapped seating on the ground floor of the gym.