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Accessibility and Accommodations

James Madison University welcomes all graduates and guests to participate in our Commencement ceremonies and is committed to universal access. If you have questions about the University Ceremony or relating to the logistics of travel to and from campus, please email:

If you have questions about a school, college, or department ceremony (any ceremony other than the University Ceremony), you should contact the school, college, or department office and request to speak with the commencement coordinator.

Parking, Getting to Campus, and Travel on Campus

Graduates and guests who use a wheelchair or who may have difficulty walking long distances are strongly encouraged to make use of our designated ADA parking area in the Warsaw Parking Deck which will provide an ADA shuttle to Wilson Hall for the Graduate School Ceremony. For the Undergrduate School ceremony on Saturday guests may park in any ADA parking area at the Festival or Convo.

All other vehicles will be asked to park in Warsaw Deck (Friday) or the Festival Parking Area (Saturday).

Due to congested traffic on campus, we recommend guests arrive at the parking lot at least one hour prior to the scheduled start time of the ceremony they wish to attend.


Mobility Accommodations for the Ceremony

Both Wilson Hall and the Convocation Center have designed wheelchair seating. The seating is designed so one member of each guest's party may sit with them in the designated section.

Guests with limited mobility who do not use a wheelchair should check with a Commencement Crew member for elevator locations or if they are unable to find accessible seating.

Graduates and guests in wheelchairs or who are requesting seating accommodations for a school, college, or department ceremony should contact the relevant  school, college, or department office and ask to speak to the Commencement Coordinator in order to arrange accommodations.

Wheelchair Rentals

For guests needing access to a wheelchair during their stay in Harrisonburg, there are a number of businesses that have wheelchair rentals available including:

American Homepatient


Roberts Home Medical


Williamson & Hughes Home Health


Captioning and ASL Interpretation

Captioning in the Convocation Center

The Graduate School ceremony will make full use of the video technology available in that facility and will feature a captioned video feed. Seating for guests requiring accommodation is reserved in front of a large video monitor near the stage, in Section 115. An usher will be able to assist guests to that section.

Graduates who require ASL Interpretation for any ceremony should email at your earliest convenience.

Captioning and ASL Interpretation in Wilson Hall

Seating is reserved near the stage at Wilson Hall for the individual requiring interpretation and one guest. Please see an usher for seating locatino.

ASL Interpreters are confirmed for The Graduate School and Undergraduate Ceremony for the December 2016 Commencement weekend.

Commencement Program

Graduates and/or guests who may have visual impairments or whom are unable to attend the ceremony may view the December Commencement Program online.

Other Accommodations

Graduates and/or guests who have questions about any of this information or who would like to request accommodations not listed here should email:  or call 540.568.7787.