Commencement Accessibility

Towson University makes several accommodations for persons with disabilities attending Commencement. These accommodations include the following and are described below in detail:

Guests who have disability related needs should submit the Visitor Disability Accommodation Request form or email Requests should be made with as much notice as possible. Requests received after November 22, 2022 will be processed, but we unfortunately cannot guarantee that specific accommodations can be made.

Degree candidates who have disability related needs should request accommodations when registering to participate in Commencement.

Learn about Degree Candidate Accessibility

Accessible Parking and Transportation

Graduates will receive one parking permit for their use. Parking will be limited, as such, graduates and their guests are strongly encouraged to carpool in the vehicle with the Commencement permit. Paratransit services will also be available for guests who need assistance getting from parking lots and garages to the entrance of the SECU Arena

Graduates who do not have a graduate parking permit will be directed to park in the Union Garage. For those with mobility impairments, lift equipment shuttles will be available. Those needing assistance may speak with a staff member or call 410-704-Ride.

Wheelchair Transport

Wheelchair transport will be available to take guests from the entrance of SECU Arena to their assigned seating section or available accessible seating. At the conclusion of the ceremony, any guests who would like wheelchair assistance to exit the stadium are asked to remain in their seats until a wheelchair transport service staff member returns with a wheelchair.  

Please note that the wheelchair transport service staff may not take the wheelchairs into the parking lot. Therefore, families will need to make arrangements for getting individuals to and from the stadium and/or on shuttles without assistance or equipment from Towson University staff.

Accessible Seating

Towson University offers accessible seating areas on both the North and South sides of SECU Arena. Guests who require accessible seating should notify an usher when they enter the stadium. The accessible seating areas are available on a first come, first served basis. While we will do everything we can to accommodate all guests, we recommend arriving early to secure the accessible seats of your choice. Doors open 90 minutes before each ceremony. 

The accessible seating areas are limited in seating, especially due to social distance requirements, so please be courteous to other guests using these accommodations. Due to space limitations, all accessible seating is available to the guest needing the service plus one additional companion only.

Guests Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

American Sign Language (ASL) Interpreters will be present at each ceremony. This seating is located in Section 102 on the North side of SECU Arena and anyone requiring ASL interpretation is welcome to sit in this area. Guests who requested an ASL interpreter prior to November 22, 2021 will be assigned seats in ASL section. Additional seating in this area is on a first come, first served basis. Notify an usher if you need seating near an ASL interpreter. This area is limited in seating, so please be courteous to other guests using these accommodations. Due to space limitations, interpreter services seating is available to the guest needing the service plus one additional companion only. 

For Hard of Hearing guests, the ceremony in the stadium and live stream will be captioned. Additionally, there will be a QR code to access the live captions on your phone or other portable device during the ceremony. 

Service Animals

Service animals as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and in accordance with university policy are allowed at the ceremony.  All other animals are prohibited from the  commencement ceremonies.  See the University Policy 06-18.00 for additional information.