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Special Needs Seating and Access

University Ceremony

Anyone needing special assistance while attending the University Commencement Ceremony should contact Rosetta Saputo, (314)-935-5669. Individuals who will need a wheelchair are encouraged to contact directly the Medical West Healthcare Center at (314) 725-1888 for rental arrangements.

School of Law Ceremony

Anyone needing disability access while attending the Law School Commencement Ceremony is asked to park on the upper level of the Snow Way Garage, where a staff member will be available to assist. Reserved, special needs seating will be available on Mudd Field, (i.e. wheel chair, hearing impaired). Only the person requiring special seating and a companion will be allowed to sit in the special needs section. Due to the requirements for special seating, we are not able to accommodate complete family groups.

An American Sign Language interpreter will be present during both the University and Law School Commencement ceremonies. 

Special Needs Parking

The university provides designated parking areas for those who are mobility-impaired across campus on Commencement day. However, because of the tremendous demand on university Parking Services’ resources, neither the university nor the Law School can meet individual requests from those with special parking needs.

One option for families wishing to attend the Law School ceremony is to drop off guests with special needs in the circle off Snow Way outside the first floor of Anheuser-Busch Hall. Guests can then travel by elevator to the third floor, which provides access to Mudd Field. Please note that someone must stay with the vehicle at all times. After dropping-off guests, the vehicle must be relocated quickly to long-term parking. The closest handicapped parking for the law school will be the top level of Snow Way Garage, located just west of Anheuser-Busch Hall.

The university does provide limited golf cart service from designated handicapped parking areas like the Snow Way Garage that day. While it is not possible to dedicate golf carts to individual schools, including the Law School, golf carts will also be available to transport individuals to Mudd Field and to a University stop if they wish to travel to the main ceremony. Unfortunately, golf carts are not able to pick passengers up after the university ceremony. As a result, it is best for families of those with special needs to provide their own transportation on Commencement day. Thirty wheelchairs are available for use at university Commencement and school ceremonies. They may be reserved by calling Rosetta Saputo, 314-935-5669.


Questions? Contact

Liz Deken, Events Department | by email - edeken@wulaw.wustl.edu  | by phone - (314) 935-3410