Accessibility

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

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Accessible Seating
Wheelchairs
Assistive Listening Devices and ASL 
Parking
Shuttles and Golf Carts
Meals
Restrooms
Pets and Service Animals 

Accessible Seating 

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 served.

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 basis for use on campus. Advance reservations, submitted at least two weeks prior to the weekend, are required. Please contact events@bowdoin.edu or call the Events Office at 207-725-3433 to reserve a wheelchair. 

Assistive Listening Devices and ASL

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

Parking 

Accessible parking spaces are designated in all parking areas. A large number of accessible spaces may 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. 

Accessible parking spaces are available for guests holding a state issued accessible parking placard. If you do not have an accessible 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 designated accessible areas on campus. 

Guests with mobility impairments may be dropped off at the Bowdoin Chapel for Saturday's Commencement ceremony, where golf carts driven by volunteers will be available to help transport guests needing assistance, or at the front 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. 

Meals

Vegetarian (V), vegan (VE), gluten free (GF), and nut-free (NF) options are available at Commencement meals with no advance notice required. If you or a family member has a special diet that requires other accommodations, we ask that you contact our dietitian, Susanne D'Angelo-Cooley, at sdangelo@bowdoin.edu or 207-725-3542 two to three weeks in advance of Commencement. We encourage you to contact our dietitian at any time for general dietary questions. 

We recognize that some of our guests might be fasting for Ramadan during Commencement Weekend. Our dining service is prepared to provide guests with a to-go container so you can enjoy your meal at a different time. The Center for Religious and Spiritual Life will be open every evening during graduation week as a place for students and their families to enjoy their meals after sunset. 

Restrooms

Accessible restrooms are available near the Commencement site. The most convenient restrooms are located in the Bowdoin College Museum of Art. There are also accessible restrooms located in 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.