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Accessibility Information for Commencement Weekend

Bowdoin College is committed to making its campus accessible to persons with disabilities and will be offering 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 207-725-3433 or events@bowdoin.edu.

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

Parking

Handicap designated parking can be found in lots throughout campus.  Additional handicap accessible parking spaces will be made available on North Campus Drive for Saturday’s Commencement ceremony and at Watson arena which is conveniently located near Friday’s Baccalaureate ceremony and all meal functions 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 Commencement or at the front of Watson Arena for Baccalaureate.  Golf carts will be available to help transport guests needing assistance.

Shuttles and Golf Carts

Golf carts, driven by volunteers, will begin running on Friday evening and will be available to shuttle guests needing assistance from the main campus to the Baccalaureate ceremony and from the Lobster Bake to parking.  Golf carts will also be available on Saturday morning before and after the ceremony.  Golf carts will pick up in front of the Chapel and will be staged near the handicap accessible parking on North Campus Drive to assist guests with mobility issues.  On Saturday after the Commencement ceremony, larger shuttle buses are available to transport guests from the Commencement Exercises to the luncheon; buses pick up in front of Moulton Union.

Accessible Seating

A small tent will be located on the north side of the quad seating serving as an information point for guests needing special assistance at Saturday’s Commencement ceremony. Guests are encouraged to check-in at the tent for 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 and located outdoors on the lawn. Guests are encouraged to find a place that works for their party; ushers will be happy to assist you.  Please note the accessible seating section is first come first serve, please arrive early.  Tickets are not required.

Watson Arena offers accessible seating located on the ground floor as well as the mezzanine level for guests attending the Baccalaureate ceremony.  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, please see an usher upon arrival for assistance. 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 for use on site.  Advanced reservation is required; there is no charge.  Please contact the Office of Events Summer Programs to reserve a wheelchair.  Please submit wheelchair requests at least two weeks prior to the weekend.  Wheelchairs will be available at Coles Tower beginning on Thursday at 8:30 a.m. and should be returned to the same location directly following Saturday’s events by 2:00 p.m. 

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 but other buildings close to the event site offer accessible restrooms including: Moulton Union, David Saul Smith Union, Hawthorne-Longfellow Library, and the Chapel.  For Baccalaureate and the meal functions at Farley Field House, both Watson Arena and Farley Field House have fully accessible restrooms.

Service Animals

Service animals that assist guests with disabilities are welcome at all events. Service animals must remain on a leash or in a harness at all times.