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Accessibility Information

Access for grads and guests

The University makes every effort to provide access for our guests and grads, to fully experience the Commencement ceremony.

Student Graduates

If you are unable to navigate stairs, contact the Commencement office at or 509-335-6674 for special instructions.

Commencement Guests


Accessible parking is available all around Beasley Coliseum. For the easiest access, enter the Coliseum through the north entrance off Orchard Drive, where accessible parking spaces and a drop off area are located.


Limited seating is set aside in the three rows closest to the concourse level. If you would like to utilize this area, please limit the number of family and friends who sit with you to 3 individuals. This will provide adequate seating for all who attend.

Wheel chair users are encouraged to find an usher as soon as entering the concourse at Beasley Coliseum. They are well-informed on seating options for those with wheel chairs, and can help you locate those spaces quickly. Commencement ushers will be wearing black vests.

While Beasley Coliseum offers wheelchair access seating, it does not have wheelchairs available. Wheelchairs, walkers, and other aids that will not be in use during the ceremony should be labeled with personal identification. They will be placed in a storage area near your seats as required by law for emergency purposes. Ask a Commencement usher for assistance.

Captioning and Sign Language

During all ceremonies, real-time captioning will appear on a large screen behind the stage and on all four sides of the center Jumbotron scoreboard.

Should you require an American Sign Language interpreter, please contact the WSU Access Center at least three weeks in advance of the ceremony at 509-335-3417.