Shenandoah University strives to ensure that all graduates and guests can participate fully in this ceremony. To make this possible, guests and graduates who need ADA accommodations must make reservations through the ADA accommodation reservation form. Any graduate or guest with hearing or visual impairments, mobility limitations, or other special needs should complete form by April 28, to ensure that requested services can be provided the day of commencement. ADA Accommodations Form.
ADA Special Accommodations Tickets
A reserved seating area is available for guests with special needs and limitations. Tickets will be issued and required for this section. Due to the large number of guests attending and the limited space in the reserved seating area, seating is guaranteed for those who make reservations and each person needing accommodation will only be permitted to have one guest/caregiver sit with them. SU will have some wheelchairs available for guests on a first-come, first-served basis; however, guests are strongly encouraged to provide their own.
On commencement day, staff will be available throughout the ceremony site to assist anyone with disabilities.
General handicap parking will be available at the ceremony site and will be strictly for vehicles with DMV-issued handicapped license plates and those with ADA seating tickets.
Public safety officials and staff will direct you to the appropriate areas and provide a drop-off point with golf-cart assistance to the ceremony site. SU staff will use golf carts to transport those who need assistance from the Check In Area to their seats. Shuttles will also be running throughout the morning and following the ceremony for all other lots on campus.
If you are dropping off a guest, please pull up to the James R. Wilkins, Jr. Athletics & Events Center parking lot. They will advise you where to pull off to drop off your guest(s).
Indoor Viewing Area
The commencement ceremony will be broadcast live in the Ferrari Room of the Brandt Student Center, which is air-conditioned and accessible. Accessible restrooms are also available in the Student Center.