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Accessible Seating and Parking Information
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Special arrangements may be made for guests who have limited stamina, reduced mobility, feel challenged by large crowds, need sign language service, use a wheelchair/walker/scooter, or other situation where a guest is not well suited to our standard Park-n-Ride arrangement and/or general stadium seating arrangement. For alternate seating-and-parking accommodations, please submit the Accessibility Form after reviewing options below.

Accessible Seating and Parking

Please understand that walking the hills of the Cornell campus can be quite strenuous and may quickly become too difficult for guests with health concerns or mobility limitations. Carefully review the information below and consider making the necessary plans to help make the weekend as safe and comfortable as possible.

As a courtesy, we provide accessible seating and parking areas for guests attending the University Commencement Ceremony in Schoellkopf Stadium on Sunday, as well as for the Senior Class Convocation in Schoellkopf Stadium on Saturday. The degree of impairment ranges from those who can walk only short distances unassisted to those who require wheelchairs, crutches, and need assistance.

Although these seating and parking arrangements will be helpful at Schoellkopf Stadium events, we strongly encourage the use of wheelchairs or transport chairs for the weekend, as so much walking of the hilly campus for other weekend events may quickly become too tiring for some guests. (Note: If you will be using a wheelchair, please request Option 1 (yellow) accessible seating and parking arrangements to accommodate guests with wheelchair.)

There are two parking and seating options available depending on the degree of impairment. Click here for a photo of mobility-impaired seating locations on Sunday.

OPTION 1 - YELLOW PLAN

Saturday & Sunday: park in stadium garage & sit in chairs on field

Option 1 is for guests with ANY of the following:
  • Wheelchair, walker, powered device, cane, crutches
  • Unable to step on/off bus
  • Needs assistance; unsteady on feet
  • Cannot use stairs
  • Needs chair with back support
  • Has vertigo or height fears
  • Needs to sit in hearing-impaired section for sign language interpretation

  • Parking
  • 1 permit per vehicle (per family) to park in parking garage Saturday & Sunday
  • Unlimited number of guests allowed in vehicle (do not need to supply names of riders)
  • Ushers available to transport guests from car to chair via wheelchair, if needed
  • Parking permit may be used for Convocation (Saturday) and Commencement (Sunday)
  • Enter garage from Hoy Rd & proceed to 3rd level to unload, which is level with stadium floor
  • Plan to arrive at garage by 9:00am, as unloading and seating process takes time
  • Vehicles over 6'6" high will be directed to designated area near parking garage entrance

  • Seating
  • No seating tickets issued for this seating area (1 person may sit with individual)
  • On the field, level with graduates
  • No stairs - approx. 100 feet of level walking (wheelchair shuttle is available)
  • Folding chairs with back support (space for wheelchairs)
  • Wheelchair-accessible restrooms

  • Getting to Sunday College/Department Events
  • Walk/wheel or drive from stadium (some walking required)
  • OPTION 2 - BLUE PLAN

    Saturday & Sunday: park & ride bus to stadium & sit in bleachers

    Option 2 is for guests who can do ALL of the following:
  • Able to step on/off shuttle bus
  • Able to walk up/down 1-10 stadium stairs
  • Able to sit in bleachers (no back support)
  • Able to walk 100 feet unassisted
  • Does not have wheelchair, walker, scooter, cane, crutches
  • Does not have vertigo or height fears

  • Parking
  • 1 parking permit per vehicle (per family)
  • Park in TRB Lot on Saturday & Sunday (map included with permit)
  • Parking permits are for Convocation (Saturday) and Commencement (Sunday)
  • Plan to arrive at TRB Lot by 9:00am
  • Unlimited number of guests allowed in vehicle

  • Seating
  • 6 seating tickets issued with parking permit (valid Saturday & Sunday)
  • Reserved bleachers in stadium crescent both days
  • Some stadium stairs (1-10)
  • Allowed to bring portable/attachable back support for bleacher seating

  • Getting to Sunday College/Department Events
  • Bus or walk from stadium. Commencement Program will include event locations, campus map & bus stops.
  • SUBMIT REQUEST FOR ACCESSIBLE ARRANGEMENTS to receive a permit to park your vehicle in a designated area. Apply for one permit, as it is per vehicle, not per guest. The accessibility option you select (see below) will provide your seating arrangements as well as a vehicle parking permit for a specific parking lot for easy access to your seating location. Therefore, you do not need to submit two separate requests.

    Wheelchairs, Walkers, Scooters, Transport Chairs

    Guests using a wheelchair, walker, transport chair, or scooter must obtain Option 1 accessible parking & seating for a yellow permit to park their vehicle at the Hoy Parking Garage, to avoid stadium stairs or riding campus buses.

    The university does not provide wheelchairs. If you have a family member who needs the assistance of a wheelchair, we recommend you rent one at home to bring to Ithaca, if possible. If you need to rent one in Ithaca, please be sure to ask about pickup and delivery arrangements, as some businesses may be closed Saturday, Sunday, and Monday (Memorial Day).

    Wheelchair rentals in Ithaca:

    Medical Supply Depot: 607-273-4727 website
    Finger Lakes Independence Center: 607-272-2433
    Professional Homecare: 607-257-1425

    Hearing Impaired - Captioning and Sign Language

    Live-captioning is displayed on the JumboTron (scoreboard) at Schoellkopf Stadium for Senior Convocation on Saturday and for Commencement on Sunday for all guests to enjoy. Also, American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters are located in the accessible seating area at the south end of Schoellkopf Field for both events. We ask that guests who need sign language interpreting service to please submit the Accessibility Form (request Option 1 Yellow Plan) so that we may provide special parking and seating arrangements to enter and sit at the south end of Schoellkopf Field where the ASL interpreters are located.

    For questions about accessibility arrangements, please review our FAQ page or contact the Commencement Office at 607-255-9541 or commencement@cornell.edu.


    Contact Information

    Commencement Office
    B13 Day Hall
    Cornell University
    Ithaca, NY 14853
    (607) 255-9541
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