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Accessibility Accommodations for Commencement Weekend


Handicapped parking is located in the Alumni Lot for chapel events and the Case-Geyer Library Lot for the senior torchlight procession. If the ceremony takes place at the Taylor Lake site, accessible parking will be at Lally Lane and 113 Broad Street; if in Sanford Field House (severe weather location), parking will be in the lots surrounding Reid Athletic Center. If you need special drop-off arrangements, please see a campus safety officer for assistance. For safety reasons, we ask that there are no drop-offs on Broad Street (NY State Hwy 12B).

If you wish to become familiar with the commencement rain location, please view the Sanford Field House seating map.

Additional Viewing Facilities (No Ticket Required)

A live web-cast of the commencement ceremony will be available at The Class of 1965 Arena, whether the ceremony is indoors or outside. The 1965 Arena is wheelchair accessible. The live webcast can be viewed on smartphones, tablets, or computers and will be hosted on Colgate’s home page ( during the ceremony, and later then archived at This room will be open at 9 a.m. on Sunday, May 20.

Wheelchair Availability

A list of wheelchair rental companies is available. Pick up and drop off of wheelchairs should be arranged directly with the rental company. We will have a wheelchair available that can be used for transportation to seats.

ASL Interpreter

There will be signers at the baccalaureate service and commencement ceremony. If you or a guest will need an ASL interpreter, please contact the dean’s office by May 8 at 315-228-7425 to reserve a seat in the designated area.

Accessible Restrooms

Accessible restrooms are located at the commencement site and at Memorial Chapel. Additional facilities can be found at James C. Colgate Student Union and Little Hall. Please view the campus map for more details.

Closed Captioning

Reading devices will be available in Sanford Field House during the commencement ceremony on Sunday. Please see an usher for assistance in obtaining one for use during the ceremony.

Departmental Receptions

Receptions are organized by individual departments; questions regarding accessibility should be directed to the particular department chair or program director. If you have any other questions or concerns related to accessibility, please contact campus safety at 315-228-7333.