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Accommodations for guests with disabilities and special needs:  If students or guests require access accommodations at Baccalaureate or Commencement, please email the Commencement Office at before May 1.  Requests made after this date may impact the University's ability to effectively provide reasonable accommodation.

Every Tufts parking lot has designated accessible parking spaces . Please also see the Shuttle Service route information. The Tufts Police allow curbside drop off for those needing special assistance at any time before and during the Commencement ceremony, except during the Phase I and Phase II academic processions. Please note that the Phase I Academic Procession starts promptly at 9 a.m.

The recommended drop off point for Phase I for guests with mobility issues is on Packard Avenue, across from the Olin Center.

Whether you are a graduating student or a guest, service animals--as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)--are allowed at commencement ceremonies.  All other animals are prohibited from University commencement ceremonies.

For questions regarding disability services for Phase I and Phase II, please contact the Commencement Office at

Indoor Viewing Facilities

Guests are invited to view the all-university Commencement ceremony in several classrooms around campus. The following sites will be screening the ceremony:

  • Cabot Intercultural Center, ASEAN Auditorium
  • Cohen Auditorium
  • Steve Tisch Sports and Fitness Center, Room 301

These rooms will be open at 8 a.m. on Sunday, May 21. All are handicapped-accessible.


Wheelchair Availability

The university is not equipped to provide wheelchairs or transportation. A list of wheelchair rental companies is available. Pick up and drop off of wheelchairs should be arranged directly with the rental company.

ASL Translation

There will be sign language interpreters at the Phase I ceremony on Sunday, May 21, and at the Baccalaureate ceremony on Saturday, May 20. If you have a guest who will need an interpreter for your Phase II ceremony, please contact the Commencement Office by April 1 at (617) 627-3636.

Closed Captioning

The Phase I Commencement Ceremony on Sunday, May 21, will be webcast and live-streamed with closed captioning accessible to view on personal mobile devices.

Accessible Restrooms

Restrooms for the disabled are located in the Cabot Intercultural Center, Dowling Hall, Cohen Auditorium, the Gantcher Center, Cousens Gymnasium, and the Mayer Campus Center. The Tufts Accessibility Map designates these accessible restrooms on campus.

Accessible Accommodations

If your guest will be staying in on-campus housing and needs special arrangements, please contact the Conference and Event Services at 617-627-3568. See Lodging for more information about on-campus housing for the weekend.

Assistive Listening Devices

Assistive listening devices are available upon request for Phase I on The Green.

Additional Contact Numbers

For additional information, contact the Tufts Office of Equal Opportunity at 617-627-3298 or visit If you are using a TTY phone, the number to call is 866-797-6881. This number serves only callers within the United States.