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Accessibility Information for Commencement Weekend

Bowdoin College is committed to making its campus accessible to persons with disabilities and offers the following services during Commencement Weekend. If you or one of your family members require additional assistance during any part of the weekend, please contact the Office of Events and Summer Programs at events@bowdoin.edu or 207-725-3433.

Parking
Shuttles and Golf Carts
Accessible Seating
Wheelchairs
Assisted Listening and ASL
Restrooms
Pets and Service Animals

Parking

Handicap parking spaces are designated in all parking areas. A large number of handicap spaces can be found on North Campus Drive for Saturday’s Commencement ceremony and at Watson arena, convenient for Friday’s Baccalaureate ceremony and all meals held at Farley Field House.

Handicap accessible parking spots are available for guests holding a state issued handicap parking placard. If you do not have a handicap parking placard but will be transporting a guest needing assistance, please contact the Office of Events and Summer Programs to obtain a special parking permit which will allow you to park in the handicap accessible areas on campus.

Guests with mobility impairments may be dropped off at the Bowdoin Chapel for Saturday's Commencement ceremony, where golf carts will be available to help transport guests needing assistance, or at the front entrance of Watson Arena for Friday's Baccalaureate ceremony. 

Shuttles and Golf Carts

Golf carts, driven by volunteers, run on Friday beginning at 3:30 p.m. to shuttle guests needing assistance from the main campus to Baccalaureate, from Baccalaureate to the lobster bake, and from the lobster bake to parking. On Saturday, golf carts run between 8:30 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. from North Campus Drive and the Chapel to the Commencement ceremony. Following the ceremony, both golf carts and larger shuttle buses are available to transport guests from the quad to the luncheon (buses pick up in front of Moulton Union; golf carts pick up in front of the Chapel), and from the luncheon to parking.

Accessible Seating

For the Commencement ceremony, there will be a small tent located on the north side of the quad seating area (on the Visual Arts Center side) serving as an information point for guests needing special assistance with seating and other services. 

Seating for guests in wheelchairs will be located next to the accessible seating information tent. In order to accommodate as many wheelchairs as possible, we ask that the number of additional family members accompanying guests in wheelchairs be kept to a reasonable number in the designated section. All seating is general seating; tickets are not required. Ushers will be available to assist you. Please note the accessible seating section is first come first serve.

For Baccalaureate, Watson Arena offers accessible seating on both the main floor and the mezzanine level. The main lobby entrance is accessible to guests with disabilities. Designated seating for guests in wheelchairs will be located in the house left section on the main floor of the arena. Ushers will be available to assist you. In order to accommodate as many wheelchairs as possible, we ask that the number of additional family members accompanying guests in wheelchairs be kept to a reasonable number in the designated sections.

Wheelchairs

A limited number of wheelchairs will be available free of charge and on a first-come, first served for use on campus. Advanced reservations, submitted at least two weeks prior to the weekend, are required. Please contact the Office of Events and Summer Programs (events@bowdoin.edu or 207-725-3433) to reserve a wheelchair. Wheelchairs will be available for pick up at the Events Office on the first floor of Coles Tower beginning on Thursday at 8:30 a.m. and should be returned to the same location by 2:00 p.m. directly following Saturday’s events.

Assisted Listening and ASL

Assisted listening devices are free of charge and available at both the Baccalaureate and Commencement ceremonies. Please see an usher for assistance. For security purposes, a driver's license will be held to check out a listening device. American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation will also be available at both Commencement and Baccalaureate.

Restrooms

Accessible rest rooms are available near the Commencement site. The most convenient restroom is located in the Bowdoin College Museum of Art. There are also handicap-accessible restrooms located in the following buildings: Moulton Union, Hawthorne-Longfellow Library, and David Saul Smith Union. For Baccalaureate and the meals held at Farley Field House, both Watson Arena and Farley Field House have fully accessible restrooms.

Pets and Service Animals

Pets are prohibited inside all College buildings and at all dining events. Service animals are welcome.