Services for Commencement Guests with Disabilities
Middlebury College is pleased to offer the following services available to guests with disabilities during Commencement Weekend. Services will be clearly marked with signs posted at each event. In addition, there will be ushers at primary events throughout the weekend wearing badges with the wheelchair logo. Please feel free to ask for assistance.
Please provide ample notice (two week minimum) when requesting accommodations. The College may not be able to accommodate requests that are made on short notice, that would pose an undue hardship, or that would fundamentally alter the nature of the College's events or programs.
Wheelchairs: A limited number of wheelchairs are available for the weekend with an ADVANCE reservation through the Student Accessibility Services Office. We may be unable to accommodate requests placed after May 1.
Please contact Jodi Litchfield in the Student Accessibility Services Office for further information on any of these services or their locations. You may reach her at 802.443.5936 (voice), 802.443.7437 (TTY), or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SERVICES AVAILABLE AT EVENT SITES
Saturday, May 25
9:00 - 10:30 a.m.
PHI BETA KAPPA INDUCTION CEREMONY
Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall
(Continental breakfast in lobby - 8:30 a.m.)
Parking and drop-off locations
Accessible parking is available in the parking lot of the Mahaney Center for the Arts for guests who bring a state-issued handicap parking placard.
Guests with mobility impairments may be dropped off near the Mahaney Center for the Arts. Vehicles must then park elsewhere.
Wheelchair seating is available in the Concert Hall.
There are ADA accessible restrooms in the building.
Large Print programs for the Phi Beta Kappa Induction Ceremony can be made available with two weeks advanced notice. Assistive listening devices (phonic ears) are available.
2:15 - 3:45 p.m.
Mead Memorial Chapel
(for graduating seniors only, including 2012.5 and 2013.5 Febs)
Baccalaureate Service Overflow
- McCullough Social Space* (Live broadcast viewing for families and guests)
- Dana Auditorium (Live broadcast viewing for families and guests)
- Lawn in front of Mead Chapel (Live audio broadcast for families and guests; drop-off and some ADA parking available)
*Parties with wheelchair users who wish to attend a viewing of Baccalaureate are encouraged to use McCullough Social Space which offers accessible parking, seating, and restrooms on site.
Parking and drop-off locations at McCullough
There are a limited number of accessible parking spots near McCullough on Old Chapel Road for guests who have a state-issued accessible parking placard.
Guests with mobility impairments may be dropped off near McCullough on Old Chapel Road. Vehicles must then park elsewhere.
There is no designated wheelchair seating in McCullough or on Mead Chapel lawn. Guests are encouraged to find a place that works for their party in the general audience.
There are accessible restrooms in McCullough located on the same floor as the Social Space.
Hepburn Hall will be open and there will be an accessible portable rest room located by Gifford Hall which is next to Mead Chapel.
Large Print programs for Baccalaureate can be made available with two weeks advance notice. Assisted listening devices (phonic ears) are available in Mead (for the senior graduates), McCullough, and Dana.
Sunday, May 26
The Central College Lawn (in the vicinity of Munroe and Voter Halls)
Parking and drop-off locations for Commencement
There are a limited number of accessible parking spots for guests who bring a state-issued accessible parking placard. These spots are located on Old Chapel Road in front of the main entrance to the Commencement site.
Guests with mobility impairments may be dropped off on Old Chapel Road at the Commencement site. Vehicles must then park elsewhere.
Accessibility Services Check-In Location
There will be a small tent on the east side of the Commencement site serving as a check-in location for guests with disabilities. Guests are encouraged to check in at the Accessibility Services tent for assistance with seating and other services.
Seating for guests in wheelchairs will be available at Commencement next to the Accessibility Services tent. In order to accommodate as many wheelchair users as possible, we ask that the number of additional family members accompanying our guests in wheelchairs be kept to a minimum.
Look for signs at Commencement identifying accessible restroom facilities or locate an usher for assistance.
Assisted listening devices (phonic ears) are available at Commencement in the Accessibility Services tent.
American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation is available at Commencement. Those requiring seats in the ASL section at Commencement must check in at the Accessibility Services tent to obtain an admission ticket.
Large print programs are available for Commencement at the program distribution tables.