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Commencement: June 5, 2015

Disabilities services

Guest seating

For guests with disabilities, there will be a designated seating section at the Commencement Exercises. If someone in your family needs to sit in this section or requires special assistance, please contact the Disabilities Services Office at 617-253-1674, TTY 617-253-3194, or email Seating in this section will be by reservation only, and special tickets (for up to four guests) will be issued instead of the standard tickets. Please refer to our guest FAQ for more information. Space in this section is limited: please contact us as soon as possible to make arrangements.

For information on disabilities services at the Hooding Ceremony, please click here.

Arrival and parking

Parking spaces for carriers of a state-issued disability parking placard will be reserved for Hooding Ceremony guests on Vassar Street and in the Kresge parking lot. Spaces for Commencement guests will be available on Memorial Drive. Please note that you must have a state-issued placard to use this reserved parking.

Commencement guests who hold tickets for the Disabilities seating section but do not have a placard are not eligible to use reserved handicapped spaces. Guests may be dropped off at the entrance to Killian Court on Memorial Drive (recommended for those who are not able to walk from either an MIT or public parking garage, as most parking is more than a block away.) Be sure that if your party splits up, the driver retains his or her Commencement ticket.

View or print a campus accessibility map

For an accessible taxicab, please call the Cambridge area main referral line, 866-654-1003. Other area companies include Ambassador Cab (617-492-1100), Checker Cab of Cambridge (617-497-9000), Top/City Cab of Boston (617-536-5100), and Town Taxi of Boston (617-536-5000).

Student disabilities services

If you are a degree candidate with either a disability or a medical situation that would prevent you from assembling in the Johnson Athletics Center second floor and processing to Killian Court, please call Dean Elizabeth Cogliano Young (617-253-6786) by Friday, May 15 so that arrangements can be made.

Doctoral degree candidates who require disability arrangements for the Hooding ceremony should please email Traci Swartz at by Friday, May 15.

Assisted listening

Assistive listening devices for use at the Commencement Exercises and/or Hooding Ceremony may be reserved by contacting the MIT Audio-Visual Services Office. Please call Brian Magoon at 617-253-2809 or email by Friday, May 15.


There will be American Sign Language interpretation of the opening/closing remarks and speeches of the Commencement Exercises and the opening/closing remarks of the Hooding Ceremony.


There will be a captioning display in the Disabilities section on Killian Court. In addition, guests sitting in other locations may read a captioned feed of Commencement audio via personal mobile devices. Access to the text stream will be available via the webcast page. For onsite assistance, please ask a Commencement volunteer.

Questions? Please visit the Guest Services FAQ, or contact the Disabilities Services Office.


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