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Guests with Special Needs

Wheelchair reservation, drop-off permits and interpreter/transcription services are provided by the Vanderbilt Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action, and Disability Services Department’s Disability Services Program to ensure all guests enjoy a comfortable and accessible Commencement.

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Contact Disability Services at (615) 322-4705 for more information.


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:

Senior 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: 7:30 am - 2:30 pm*
Location: Kirkland Hall, located on the main campus. (If there is inclement weather, the location for pick up and drop off will be moved to the corner of 25th Ave and Jess Neely Drive adjacent to the baseball field.) 

*Wheelchairs should be returned to Kirkland Hall (located on campus) by 2:30 pm. After 2:30 pm all wheelchairs must be returned to the EAD office (located off campus) at the Baker Building, Suite 108, located on the corner of 21st and West End, by 4:00 pm.


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 2018 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.