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Wheelchair reservations and drop-off permits are provided by the Vanderbilt Student Access Services Program to ensure all guests enjoy a comfortable and accessible Commencement. The Commencement ceremony will be captioned.

Accessibility Request Form


For more information contact Student Access Services at (615) 343-9727.


A limited number of wheelchairs will be available for loan by prior reservation. Wheelchairs can be reserved for the Thursday and Friday of Commencement. A valid driver’s license is required as collateral for borrowing a wheelchair. The ID will be returned when the wheelchair is turned in. An area within the seating section of all ceremonies will be reserved for wheelchair users. Only one guest is permitted to sit with the user due to limited space. If you request the use of a wheelchair, please know that you are responsible for returning the equipment to the designated location; otherwise, a $500 replacement cost will be levied.

Reserved wheelchairs may be picked up and returned to the following locations:

Graduates Day (Thursday)

Pick-up and Return: 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
Location: The corner of Jess Neely Drive and 25th Ave. South (same corner as the baseball field and across from 25th Ave. Garage).

Commencement Day (Friday)

Pick-up and Return: 7:00 am – 2:30 pm
Location: Kirkland Hall, located on the main campus.

Rain Day Pick-up and Return:
Two Locations:
7:00 am – 12:30 pm – Jess Neely Drive and 25th Ave. South (same corner as the baseball field and across from 25th Ave. Garage).
12:45 pm – 2:30 pm – Kirkland Hall


Disability Parking permits are not issued for this event. Those with state-issued placards or tags may park in any accessible parking spot not marked reserved. Accessible shuttles will be in use for graduate/guest transport from assigned garages to the ceremony site.


Graduates and guests are able to reserve Commencement 2020 Drop Off Permits.  This permit will allow a driver closer access to the ceremony site to drop off individuals with physical limitations. This permit will not allow the driver to park in a disability reserved parking space.