The University of Tennessee encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities.
General note for graduates
All students will be seated in a reserved section on the arena floor and will cross the stage to shake hands with the dean. For further information on how to access the floor, please see the below section regarding elevator access.
General note for guests
Large screens will project the commencement ceremony and each graduate as he/she crosses the stage, so guests need not sit close to the stage to have a “good seat.” Should you need assistance, please see a commencement worker.
Disabled Parking and Elevator Access
The Neyland Parking Garage (G-10) has forty spaces reserved for disabled parking and is adjacent to the arena. Persons requiring the use of a wheelchair or those with mobility concerns may best access the arena via a bridge on the top level of the garage (accessible by an elevator). Graduates with a physical disability who access the arena via this bridge should take the elevator by section 110 to access the reserved seating area for graduates on the ground floor.
Graduates and guests with disabilities who enter the arena from Phillip Fulmer Way may use an elevator located inside the double-door entrance of the Arena Café. Guests should take the elevator to the third floor to access the concourse level seating area; graduating students should take the elevator to the ground floor to access the reserved seating area for graduates.
Seating for Persons in Wheelchairs
Please note if you require the use of a wheelchair, they are not provided by the arena or university. Please contact the Business Office, 865-974-4263, if you need special accommodations for guests.
Areas will be designated on the floor for guests requiring wheelchairs. Please note if a guest requires a wheelchair, they are not provided by the arena or university. Tickets are not required for guests, and seating is first-come, first-served.
Persons with Mobility Concerns
Please contact the Business Office, 865-974-4263, if you have mobility concerns.
Seating is reserved at the arena on the concourse level, sections 104, 105, 106, and 109. From the concourse level, guests will need to go down a minimum of one step to enter the seating area.
A sign language interpreter (using American Sign Language) will be projected onto the large screens provided during the ceremony.
Braille Copies of Commencement Program
Braille copies of the program will be available at the ceremony upon request. Please contact the Office of Disability Services at 865-974-6087 and request a braille copy of the College of Law Commencement program.
For more information, visit the Office of Disability Services website at ods.utk.edu.