Accessibility Accommodations

For a map indicating accessibility routes and entrances to buildings, please view Brown's accessibility map.  Please contact Student and Employee Accessibility Services (SEAS) at 401-863-9588 or to request a hard copy of the map to be sent by mail. Hard copies will also be available at the Welcome Desk in the Stephen Robert '62 Campus Center on Commencement & Reunion Weekend (May 26-28, 2017).

Navigating campus with the anticipated high volume of guests and cars can be challenging.  In addition, weather can also be unpredictable.  As such, we offer two options to view the ceremonies remotely – online and in indoor viewing location(s) on campus.

Baccalaureate, the Doctoral Ceremony, Procession, and both the College and University ceremonies will be streamed live on the internet via Brown's Live Webcast page. 

On campus, Baccalaureate, the Procession, and both the College and University ceremonies will be simulcast in Salomon Center for Teaching (the accessible entrance is to the left of the front door) and Sayles Hall (the accessible entrance is on the right side of the building and after entering, take the elevator to the first floor).

On Commencement day, the majority of streets near the College Green are closed due to the procession and line up.  Drop off  passes allow individuals to drop guests off near the College Green on Commencement Day.  Drivers then park their vehicle on campus or in the local area.  This pass does not provide any reserved parking for the holder.  Drop Off Passes are only recommended for individuals who will be transporting guests with mobility concerns who are able to navigate the campus themselves.

To utlize this service, please download ourPDF icon2017 Drop Off Pass and place it on the dashboard of the vehicle wishing to drop guests off so that police officers can direct the car into the drop off queue.  

If you are unable to print a pass, please contact the Transportation Office at 401-863-3157 prior to May 1, 2017 and one will be mailed to you.  Passes will also be available at the Welcome Desk in the Stephen Robert '62 Campus Center on Commencement & Reunion Weekend (May 26-28, 2017). 

Commencement Weekend Handicapped Parking Passes can be provided to guests and alumni/ae who complete our online form. There are a limited number of passes available, and passes are provided on a first come, first served basis.  Please visit our Handicapped Parking page for more information. [Please note: 2017 handicapped parking passes are no longer available.]

Throughout the weekend, accessible portable restrooms will be available wherever portable restrooms are provided. In addition, accessible restrooms are located in buildings around the main green. The lower level of Sayles Hall has an accessible restroom, down the hall and to the left from the accessible entrance. Accessible restrooms are also available on the 2nd floor of the Campus Center (Faunce House) and on the lower level in Salomon. Elevators are available in both those buildings. 

SEAS SHUTTLE  (on campus rides for those with mobility concerns)
The Student and Employee Accessibility Services (SEAS) provides a shuttle for people with disabilities or medical conditions to locations throughout the campus during Commencement/Reunion Weekend.  The shuttle is wheelchair accessible.  Please indicate if wheelchair access is needed when you call. 

Rides should be scheduled in advance if possible.  Due to heavy ridership, Sunday rides must be planned in advance.  To reach the SEAS shuttle dispatcher call 401-225-9572.  The SEAS Shuttle operates during the following time frames during Commencement & Reunion Weekend: Friday: 11 am–3 am; Saturday: 7 am–1 am; Sunday: 6 am–6 pm.  For more information, please visit the Student and Employee Accessibility Service website or contact SEAS at 401-863-9588.

To arrange for a wheelchair or scooter rental, see our list of local wheelchair rentals.  A number of vendors will deliver and pick up right from the campus.  Brown University does not provide wheelchairs.

During Baccalaureate, the College Ceremony, the University Ceremony, Doctoral Convocation, and Master's Convocation, usher staff will be available to assist guests in finding seating.  Seating is not permitted in aisles or walkways, but ushers will assist guests in wheelchairs in finding seating and/or removing chairs from the end of rows as space allows.  Please keep in mind, all seating is on a first come, first served basis.  

For guests who may have a hearing impairment, captioning will be available on both large screens for Baccalaureate, the College Ceremony, and the University Ceremony.  Assisted listening devices will also be available for check out on the Main Green at the sound booth.  

If your guests have additional disability related needs, please contact Student and Employee Accessibility Services (SEAS) at 401-863-9588.  Requests for interpreting or wheelchair access for departmental programs, forums or other events should be made with as much notice as possible but no later than May 1, 2017.  After this date, SEAS will continue to process requests, but cannot guarantee accommodations can be made.