Guests with Disabilities

A sea of graduating students during graduation


While all seating on Memorial Field is accessible reserved seating for guests utilizing a wheelchair or scooter and their families is available. Please note this seating is limited and pre-registration is required.

Shuttle Service / Parking

Please know that getting to the Commencement site might require as much as a half mile walk. We urge all to arrive early and to expect delays in seating due to crowds. Dropping off guests in front of the Whittemore Center is prohibited.

Special Seating and Parking for Guests with Wheelchairs & Scooters

Registration has closed for the reserved seating and parking. All shuttles are ADA accessible and can accommodate wheelchairs.

Please note, reserved parking and seating for guests with wheelchairs or scooters is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis via registration. You MUST register to receive parking and seating passes. Registering via the link does not guarantee you a spot and you will be contacted via email to confirm your registration.

Guests who do not use a wheelchair or scooter can park in the specified lot for their ceremony and take the accessible shuttle. The shuttle will drop guests off directly in front of the field and will require approximately the same amount of walking as the reserved lot.

All guests with accessibility issues are encouraged to arrive by 8:30 a.m. and to expect delays in seating due to the crowds.

Parking Information

Please note, this parking is only for guests who use a wheelchair or a scooter and their immediate family. Only 1 car per registration will be allowed to park in the designated area. Any additional vehicles within your party must use other available lots. Guests parking in the designated lot will be required to vacate the lot immediately after the ceremony to allow for parking for the next event.

Specified lots for ADA parking will be communicated to those that register through the form.

Wheelchair Rental Information

UNH will not have wheelchairs available for general use by guests at Commencement. 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 Products, Portsmouth, NH  (603) 431-6006

For Persons Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

Services for persons who are deaf/hard of hearing are available. Graduating students will be prompted to request services for deaf/hard of hearing guests when registering for the ceremony. 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.


Email the Commencement Office at