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Accessibility for Commencement

Commencement Accessibility

In an effort to effectively support the celebration of graduating Hokies, ADA and Accessibility Services has compiled accessibility information to assist guests attending Virginia Tech commencement ceremonies.  Registration for graduating students and their guests is required.  Additional information online.

Registration for graduating students and their guests is required. Each graduate may invite up to four guests. Children and babies are counted as guests.  If you are an individual with a disability and require accommodation, please contact adaaccess@vt.edu at least 10 business days in advance of the ceremony.  

If you are student with a disability and require accommodation, please contact Office of Services for Students with Disabilities at least 10 business days in advance of the ceremony.

Accessible seating is available in Lane Stadium in the East stands. Please note that all guests must be registered to attend the commencement ceremonies. 

Maps of accessible seating in Lane Stadium are available.

For information regarding the Blacksburg Transit's (BT) bus schedule please contact Blacksburg Transit directly or contact Virginia Tech Parking Services.  

                    Blacksburg Transit
                    
2800 Commerce St.
                    Blacksburg, VA 24061
                    btransit@blacksburg.gov
                    540-443-1500 (phone)
                    Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Captioning of the live stream video will be available on the commencement website.

Virginia Tech’s Interactive Campus Map allows for viewing accessibility options.  Go to the “Layers” tab and click on the “X” next to “Accessibility”.  This will allow you to see parking spaces, curb cuts, elevator locations, accessible entrances, etc. 

American Sign Language interpreters will be provided for commencement ceremonies upon request.  To make a request, please contact adaaccess@vt.edu

To enter Lane Stadium on the day of the commencement ceremony, guests are asked to enter through Gate 2, adjacent to Lot 2. 

Accessible parking spaces are located near Lane Stadium.  The Stadium Lot/Lot 2 will be reserved for accessible (ADA) parking.  Accessible parking passes will be available for pickup at 310 Lavery Hall above the Turner Place dining facility. Please contact SSD for accessible parking passes.  Individuals with DMV issued accessible hangtags or license plates do not need an accessible parking pass to park in the Stadium lot/Lot 2 during commencement.

Detailed commencement parking information is provided by VT Parking Services.

            Parking Services
            505 Beamer Way (0540)
            Blacksburg, VA 24061
            (540)231-3200 (phone)
            Monday - Friday, 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.

            Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD)
            
310 Lavery Hall (0185)
            430 Old Turner St, Blacksburg, VA 24061
            540-231-3788 (phone)
            ssd@vt.edu
            Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Virginia Tech does not provide mobility devices to individual guests or employees specifically for commencement. If you do not have a personal mobility device that you can bring with you, you may rent one in your hometown or from a local rental agency.  Local wheelchair rental agencies include:

Rentals for wheelchairs:

            Advanced Home Care Services
            707 Randolph Street
            Radford, VA 24141
            (540) 633-2223 (phone)

            Lincare Medical Supply
            1095 Radford Street
            Christiansburg, VA 24073
            (540) 381-9270 (phone)

Scooters/power chairs:

            The Scooter Store
            1-800-509-1797
            www.thescooterstore.com

            Hoveround
            1-800-542-7236
             www.hoveround.com  

Learn more about Virginia Tech’s commencement ceremonies.