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. 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, June 3rd @ 1:10pm – Library Quad
Parking: We recommend all guests (and those driving guests) with mobility issues park in parking lot behind Chapin Hall, off Mission Park Drive. 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, June 3rd @ 5:00pm – Chapin Hall and Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall (tickets required)
Those with mobility issues should park in the lot behind Chapin Hall. 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, June 3rd @ 5:00pm – MainStage, ’62 Center (no tickets)
Those who do not have tickets to Chapin Hall or Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall are invited to view the Baccalaureate Service in the MainStage at the ’62 Center, no tickets required. The parking lot is in the rear of the building.
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, June 4th @ 10:00am – Library Quad
Parking: All guests with mobility issues park in parking lot behind Chapin Hall, off Mission Park Drive. Golf carts will be available to transport guests to the Commencement site, and from there to the President’s Reception and back to the Chapin Lot. 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.
In the event of an Indoor Commencement (tickets required) or Ivy Exercises (no tickets):
Parking: Ephs’ Alley Lot, located off of Spring Street just past Pera Bistro, and the upper Ice Rink lot, will be designated parking for those with mobility issues. A door leading directly to the special seating area is located off the Eph Alley lot and will be clearly marked and manned by ushers.
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 the upper Ice Rink lot. 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.