Disability Services

We make sure as many Commencement Weekend activities as possible are accessible to all who wish to attend. Please contact the Office of Disability Services for additional information regarding these services listed below:

All-University Commencement


As of May 11, any guests requiring a designated accessible parking permit needs to call Parking & Transportation Services at 617-353-2160.  Please note that this parking is reserved for guests that require wheelchair accessibility to Nickerson Field.  Guests with other mobility issues should contact Parking & Transportation Services for additional information.


Accessible seating  is available during the All-University Commencement at Nickerson Field and at the school and college convocations. Field level seating arrangements for guests requiring wheelchair accessibility and/or guests that require CART or Sign Language Service can be made by contacting the Office of Disability Services.

For guests with limited mobility, reserved seating at the east end of Nickerson Field will be available.  Ushers will be happy to direct you.

Individual Accommodation

Sign language and CART interpreters and other special accommodations are available to individuals with disabilities during  the All-University Commencement.

Individual School/College Convocations


Handicapped parking is available in all parking lots throughout the Charles River Campus on a first-come, first-served basis to students and guests who are attending individual school and college ceremonies and other Commencement events.


Accessible seating is available during all commencement convocations.

Individual Accommodation

Sign language and CART interpreters and other special accommodations can be made for convocation ceremonies.

If you need additional assistance, contact Disability Services at 617-353-3658.

Wheelchair Availability

BU provides a limited number of wheelchairs for the All-University Commencement Sunday, May 17. These are available first-come, first-served from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Disability Services tent by the Case Center at 285 Babcock Street. Borrowed wheelchairs must be returned to the tent immediately following the ceremony.

While we can’t provide wheelchairs at other times during Commencement Weekend, a number of local providers offer rentals. We recommend the following:

  • Belmont Medical Supply • 185 Belmont St., Belmont, MA • 617-484-3888
    85–100 wheelchairs available at $25/day
  • Gary Drug Company • 59 Charles St., Boston, MA • 617-227-0023
    8 wheelchairs available at $15/day
  • Sullivan’s Medical Supply • 1 Corinth St., Roslindale, MA • 617-325-0013
    50+ wheelchairs available at $25/day