Accessibility

We make every effort to anticipate the needs of the many guests who will gather for the Class of 2020’s celebratory weekend. We do have accessible seating available for guests who need it. We ask that you arrive early to the events belowand by 9:00 for Saturday’s Celebration Ceremonyso that we can help you from where you’ll park to where you’ll be seated. If you don’t find the information you need below, we encourage you to contact us at [email protected] 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.

 

Heat Mitigation at Saturday’s Celebration Ceremony Venue

Most guest seating will be under a tent that fills the back “half” of the ceremony venue in front of Sawyer Library.  There will also be a misting machine near the big tent to help people further cool off. Finally, we’ll be live streaming the event into air-conditioned Chapin Hall, which is also adjacent to the venue.

Car/Golf Cart Access for These Specific 2020 Celebration Events

Welcome Back BBQ – Friday @ 6:00pm – Upper Cole Field

Guests with mobility issues (and those driving guests) should park in the Lower Chapel Lot. Golf carts will be available from 5:35 on to transport guests to the Upper Cole Field site and back to the Lower Chapel Lot.

Senior Celebration – Saturday @ 10:30am – Williams Quad

Guests with mobility issues (and those driving guests) should park in the Lower Chapel Lot by 9:00 am. Golf carts will be available to transport guests to the Commencement site, from there to the 12:30 pm Box lunch for all at the tent on Upper Cole Field, then back to the parking lots. The demand for transport will likely be higher right after 9:30 am, 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. We welcome one family member to accompany their guest(s) in this section; we ask that the rest of your group sit in adjacent bleachers to ensure enough seats for those who need them. 

Families and Guests Reception – Saturday @ 6:00pm – Upper Cole Field

Guests with mobility issues (and those driving guests) should park in the Lower Chapel Lot. Golf carts will be available from 5:35 on to transport guests to the Upper Cole Field site and back to the lot.

Farewell Brunch with Your Ephs – Sunday @ 9:00am – Upper Cole Field

Guests with mobility issues (and those driving guests) should park in the Lower Chapel Lot. Golf carts will be available from 8:45 on to transport guests to the Upper Cole Field site and back to the lot.