Visitors with Disabilities

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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 4th @ 1:10pm – West College Lawn

Parking: We recommend all guests (and those driving guests) with mobility issues park in Brooks Parking Lot. Golf carts will be available to transport guests to the ceremony site and back to the Brooks Parking Lot.

Seating: Ivy Exercises is open seating. Please arrive early and find a seat that works best for your family’s needs.

 

Eric Carle Talk – Saturday, June 4th @ 3:15 pm – 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).

Leehom Wang and Frank Deford Conversations – Saturday, June 4th @ 3:15 pm – ’62 Center for Theatre and Dance (tickets required)

Please part in the lot to 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 ’62 Center is also equipped with an assistive listening system in the MainStage and Adams Memorial Theatre. Please provide the house manager with your driver’s license to check out a headset. For more information call (413) 597-2425.

Baccalaureate – Saturday, June 4th @ 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 4th @ 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 5th @ 10:00am – West College Lawn

Parking: All guests with mobility issues will need to park in Brooks Parking Lot, as Lab Campus Drive will be closed to traffic. Golf carts will be available to transport guests to the Commencement site, and from there to the President’s Reception and back to the Brooks Parking 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 in front of the bleachers closest to Bronfman Hall (across from the Commencement stage). 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.