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Accessibility Information

Spring Ceremony (May): Cistern Yard Information

Parking / Guest Drop-off: 

Drop off for guests with limited mobility, or who are using mobility devices, is on St. Philip Street between Calhoun and George Streets.   This is an accessible (ramped) entrance located diagonally across from Simons Center for the Arts (if you are looking at a campus map).  

Only individuals in need of this accessible entrance and those who will remain with them (see “Seating” below) will be permitted to enter at this location.  All other guests should enter the Cistern through Porter’s Lodge on George Street.

Accessible parking for those with disability placards / license plates is available in any of the nearby garages free of charge. 

The garage closest to Cistern Yard is George St. Garage, 34 St. Philip St., between George and Liberty Streets.

Accessible Seating:

Commencement guests enter when the gates open 90 minutes prior to the Commencement Ceremony.

Shaded seating for guests who use mobility devices is available just inside the accessible St. Philip Street entrance to Cistern Yard.  One companion may accompany each guest sitting in this area.  Chairs will be available for all guests requiring them.  No prior arrangements need to be made.

Ushers will direct guests to their seats. 

Individuals entering Cistern Yard via this entrance, are expected to remain in this particular section.   There is no other wheelchair-accessible seating in the Cistern. 

If you would like to sit in another area of the Cistern and you are not using a wheelchair, please enter through Porter’s Lodge (George Street entrance to Cistern Yard).

Accessible restrooms:

The nearest accessible restroom is across St. Philip Street from Cistern Yard in Simons Center for the Arts.  Guests may exit as they please to use the restroom, but you must receive a handstamp at the exit to present to staff upon their return.


All guests require a ticket, regardless of age.  Please present the ticket that you were provided by your graduate at the entrance to be checked by a Commencement staff person.

Satellite locations:

Commencement Ceremonies will be live streamed on large screens in the satellite locations, and closed captioning will be provided.

Sign Language Interpreting

All Commencement Ceremonies will be interpreted using American Sign Language. 

Service Animals

If you intend to bring a service animal, please attempt to select an aisle seat. Service animals are welcome at Commencement, but must remain on a leash or in a harness at all times.

Accessible Programs

For braille, large print or digital programs, please contact Deborah Mihal with the Center for Disability Services at 843.953.1431 or

For any additional questions regarding accessibility, please contact Deborah Mihal with the Center for Disability Services at 843.953.1431 or