Guests with Special Needs

For a map indicating accessibility routes and entrances to buildings, please view Brown's accessibility map.

Navigating campus with the anticipated high volume of guests and cars can be challenging.  In addition, weather can also be unpredictable.  As such, we offer two options to view the ceremonies remotely – online and in indoor viewing location(s) on campus.

Baccalaureate, the Graduate School ceremony, Procession, and both the College and University ceremonies will be streamed live on the internet.  The link for the web stream will be available on the Brown homepage at

On campus, Baccalaureate, the Procession, and both the College and University ceremonies will be simulcast in Salomon Center for Teaching (the accessible entrance is to the left of the front door) and Sayles Hall (the accessible entrance is on the right side of the building and after entering, take the elevator to the first floor).  The Graduate School Commencement will also be simulcast in Metcalf’s Friedman Auditorium (the accessible entrance is the north entrance off Thayer Street) .

During Commencement Weekend Handicapped Parking Passes can be provided to guests and alumni/ae. To arrange for a Handicapped Parking Pass, please submit this online request form. Every effort will be made to accommodate your handicapped parking needs. However, please know that space is limited during this busy weekend, and parking will be given out on a first come, first served basis. Handicapped parking is only available to guests who have a state issued hang tag. Requests must be submitted no later than Friday, May 1st, 2015. A parking permit and instructions will be mailed the week of May 4th, 2015 to the address you indicate on this form. 

Alternatively, if you have a state issued hang tag, you are welcome to park in pre-marked handicapped spots on campus, but we cannot guarantee their availability. A map of handicapped parking spots on campus can be found here.

If you have already requested a handicapped parking pass, you will receive a permit and instructions in early May.

On Commencement day, the majority of streets near the College Green are closed due to the procession and line up. Drop Off Passes allow individuals to drop guests off near the College Green on Commencement Day. Drivers then park their vehicle on campus or in the local area. This pass does not provide any reserved parking for the holder. Drop Off Passes are only recommended for individuals who will be transporting guests with mobility concerns who are able to navigate the campus themselves.

To obtain a Drop Off Pass, please submit this online request form. or you can also pick up a pass from the Welcome Desk in the Stephen Robert '62 Campus Center on Commencement & Reunion Weekend (May 22-24, 2015).

If you requested a Drop Off Pass online prior to May 1st, 2015 - passes and additional instructions will be mailed the week of May 4th, 2015 to the address you indicated online. 

SEAS SHUTTLE  (on campus rides for those with mobility concerns)
The Student and Employee Accessibility Services (SEAS) provides a shuttle for people with disabilities or medical conditions to locations throughout the campus during Commencement/Reunion Weekend. The shuttle is wheelchair accessible. Please indicate if wheelchair access is needed when you call. 

Rides should be scheduled in advance if possible. Due to heavy ridership, Sunday rides must be planned in advance. To reach the SEAS shuttle dispatcher call (401) 225-9572.  The SEAS Shuttle operates during the following time frames: Friday: 11 am–3 am; Saturday: 7 am–1 am; Sunday: 6 am–6 pm. For more information, please visit the Student and Employee Accessibility Service website.

To arrange for a wheelchair or other medical needs, see our list of local wheelchair rentals. A number of vendors will deliver and pick up right from the campus. Brown University does not provide wheelchairs.

During Baccalaureate, the College Ceremony, and the University Ceremony, usher staff will be available on the College Green to assist guests in finding seating.  Seating is not permitted in aisles or walkways, but ushers will assist guests in wheelchairs in finding seating and/or removing chairs from the end of rows as space allows.  Please keep in mind, all seating is on a first come, first served basis. 

For guests who may have a hearing impairment, captioning will available on both large screens for Baccalaureate, the College Ceremony, and the University Ceremony. Assisted listening devices will also be available for check out on the Main Green at the sound booth.

If your guests have additional disability related needs, please contact Student and Employee Accessibility Services (SEAS) at 401-863-9588. Requests for interpreting or wheelchair access for departmental programs, forums or other events should be made with as much notice as possible but no later than May 1, 2015. After this date, SEAS will continue process requests, but cannot guarantee accommodations can be made.