Special needs

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 Student Disability Services at 617-253-1674, TTY 617-253-3194, or email uaap-sds@mit.edu. 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.

Wheelchair rental and oxygen

If you need to stay in a wheelchair for the duration of the event, we recommend that you rent a wheelchair.  These are companies our guests have used in the past: 

Skenderian Apothecary 1613 Cambridge St., Cambridge 617-354-5600
Ciampa Apothecary 425 Cambridge St., Cambridge 617-547-0322
Belmont Medical 185 Belmont St., Belmont 617-484-3888
Apria Health Care Services (oxygen) 575 University Ave., Norwood 800-322-2232

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


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.

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 tswartz@mit.edu 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 bjmagoon@mit.edu 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.

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


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.

Accessibility map

Accessibility map

Download a PDF of the MIT Campus Accessibility Map.

This guide presents the major means of physical access to MIT facilities, as well as the architectural barriers which may be encountered. Although this guide deals with the general needs of people with temporary or permanent mobility impairments, MIT is prepared to respond to other access requests.

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