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Accommodations for Persons with Disabilities

It is not necessary that you contact us about individuals with mobility issues unless you will be participating in the ceremony (i.e. you are the graduate). Please reference below for how mobility issues are addressed for all guests (parking and seating).

All requests for accommodations will be considered on a case-by-case basis. In order to facilitate the appropriate planning and provision of accommodations, please make your requests at least 3 weeks prior to Commencement by contacting us at (540) 568-7787 or by emailing University Events.

Interpreter Services for the Deaf are provided when requested. Please inform us of your need at least 3 weeks prior to Commencement by calling (540) 568-7787 or emailing University Events.

Handicapped Parking

For the University Ceremony, you are welcome to park in G-lot (next to the bookstore) or park in R1 to catch a shuttle for those who need a handicap-accessible shuttle. This shuttle will drop you off at the gate with an elevator so that you may easily get to the seating area. Please see campus parking map to locate the G or R1 lots.

Special parking is available near each college ceremony for vehicles with DMV issued handicapped license plates or permits. Parking information will be updated on the Commencement Home Page very soon.

Please note: James Madison University does not issue special parking permits, but depend upon those issued by the DMV, thus it is not necessary to contact us with parking needs.


A reserved area for persons with a walking disability or those using a wheelchair is available. Due to the large number attending and the limited space, seating is available for the person who needs the special seating and one accompanying guest or attendant. We do not reserve seating for specific guests and it is not necessary to contact us with seating needs, unless you require interpretive services for the deaf.

Wheelchair Rental

We have a number of guests contact us each year regarding wheelchair rental. While the university does not have wheelchairs available for guest use, there are a number of local medical equipment rental companies that may be able to assist you:

American Homepatient 540-433-8101
Roberts Home Medical 540-564-1194
Williamson & Hughes Home Health 540-434-2372

It has been our experience that it is often more convenient to rent a wheelchair from home and bring it with you rather than try and rent one in Harrisonburg.

Additional questions/inquiries related to accomodations please contact the University Events Office at 540-568-7787.

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