Special Accommodations

For Commencement and Convocation

Guests requiring special assistance to attend the university-wide Commencement ceremony should enter Portal 1 along Kirby Avenue and enter Memorial Stadium at Gate 24. Inside the stadium, an usher will direct you to the designated accessible seating areas. Graduates with disabilities who require special assistance to fully participate in Commencement events may contact the Committee on Commencement at (217) 333-8834 or email the Commencement Office

Visit the Commencement page for Special Needs and Accessibility for more information. 

Sign language interpretation will be provided on stage as well as near Section 127 at the university-wide Commencement ceremony. Hearing-impaired students should sit as close to the stage as possible within their designated section on the field. Guests should let an usher know they need seating in Section 127 to improve the visibility of the sign language interpreter. CART services will also be provided during the ceremony.

As a service to parents with small children who may become restless during the two-hour Commencement, the ceremony will be televised in the West Main Hall of the stadium.

For the School of Music ceremony we do not automatically request a sign language interpreter, but will schedule one if a request is made. Please contact the SoM Convocation Coordinator directly.

Please call the Committee on Commencement, (217) 333-8834, if additional accommodations need to be made.