Guests with Disabilities

Seating

Accessible seating is available on Memorial Field and in the Whittemore Center Arena.

Passes are required for accessible seating on Memorial Field. Graduating students will be prompted to request passes for their guests with disabilities, or a condition that limits walking or standing, when they register to attend the ceremony.

To maximize available seating, only one companion may accompany each guest with a disability.

Students who have already registered for Commencement and did not request accessible seating passes or need additional passes should complete the accessible seating pass request form. Please note that only graduating students should complete this form.

Seating for guests with disabilities will be limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis the day of the event, even if you have a pass. All guests with accessibility issues are encouraged to arrive by 9:15 a.m. and to expect delays in seating. Please note, at 9:20 a.m. the accessible seating section will open to the general audience.

While outdoor seating on Memorial Field is not guaranteed, ample seating for guests with disabilities is available inside the Whittemore Center for the simulcast.

Volunteers will be available to provide assistance. Dropping off guests in front of Memorial Field is prohibited.

Shuttle Service

Accessible shuttle service is provided from West Edge Lot for guests with walking disabilities. Shuttles transport guests to Lot H from which there is access to both Memorial Field and the Whittemore Center seating. West Edge Lot can be reached by exiting Route 4 at 155A and following signs to West Edge Lot.

Parking in West Edge Lot and taking a shuttle does not require a permit, tickets, or pre-registration of any kind.

Shuttles will begin running at 7 a.m. and run reverse routes after the ceremony. Shuttle service is only available between West Edge Lot and Lot H. Shuttle service ends at 3 p.m.

We urge all with accessibility issues to arrive early and to expect delays in seating. Volunteers will be available to provide assistance. Dropping off guests in front of Memorial Field is prohibited.

 

Commencement Stage From a Distance

 

Wheelchairs

Guests with difficulty walking are strongly encouraged to rent wheelchairs. Wheelchairs are generally available for short term rental from medical supply stores and some pharmacies. Reservations are generally required and arrangements should be made early. The following are just a few resources that provide rentals based on availability.

Charron Medical Supplies, Nashua, NH | 603-889-7220
Abba Medical, Exeter, NH | 603-778-1698
Keene Medical Prod., Portsmouth, NH | 603-431-6006

Hearing Impaired Services

Services for the hearing impaired are available. Graduating students will be promted to request services for hearing impaired guests when registering for the cermony. The Commencement Office will contact students who request services for themselves or their guests to make proper arrangements.

American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters and closed captioned video screens are available.

Questions

The University of New Hampshire is committed to accommodating those with special needs. If you need special services, please call the Commencement Office in advance so that we can accommodate you. The phone number is (603) 862-1087. For TTY calls only, 1-800-RELAY-NH.