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Disability accommodations

Access for grads and guests

The University makes every effort to help individuals with disabilities to access and fully experience Commencement ceremonies.

Student graduates

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

Commencement guests

Parking

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

Temporary disabled parking permits are available with your state-issued disability ID card. You may obtain a permit from either of the following:

Seating

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.

Beasley Coliseum offers wheelchair access seating, but 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.