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Accessibility 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 at approximately diagonally across from Simons Center for the Arts (54 St. Philips St).

Only individuals in need of this accessible entrance and those who will remain with them (see “Accessible 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 Entrance Map (Drop Off Zone at 54 St. Philips St)

Entrances Map

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.

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). If you enter through the St. Philips Street gates, we will do our best to assist you. Additional seating options for guests who use mobility devices are highlighted in blue below. Our ushers will be on site to assist you in finding these seats as available. 

Integrated Seating Areas

Accessible restrooms

The nearest accessible restroom is across St. Philip Street from Cistern Yard in Simons Center for the Arts (54 St. Philips St). 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. Additionally, restrooms located in the Stern Center are available on the ground level and each floor, which are accessible via elevator. Restrooms are available in the Rita Hollings Science Center on the ground level, and this building has an accessible ramp. 


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

Alternate Viewing / Satellite locations

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

For online and alternate viewing information, please visit

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

Accessibility Questions

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