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

Due to the nature of the outdoor locations for the college ceremonies, we encourage those friends and family with mobility issues to attend the University Ceremony on Friday afternoon for all graduates. We are most able to accommodate those individuals in this new, accessible stadium.

Is there a separate entrance for guests with disabilities at the stadium? 

Yes! for the University Ceremony on Friday at BFS: 

-  Arrive at least 90-120 minutes early to secure a parking space in the Champions parking deck and take the elevators to the ground floor and proceed to entrance Gate H (beside Gate A) where an elevator will take them to the main concourse level.  From there it is a short distance to Section 202 where they will find seats around the entire stadium that are on that level.  Only the disabled person, plus one may sit on this level – the other family members can sit in front of, or behind those seats.

-  Accessible parking is available in lot R8 which is beside D-Hub.  From there, a para-transit bus will take guests to Gate C (see below)

-  If you arrive to the stadium by bus or shuttle, you will arrive at Gate C – once inside, there is a ramp that will take you to the endzone section of seats.  This level walkway will take you around to the main seating area where there will be seating that does not require stairs.

- Another option is to sit directly on the field in a reserved section near the endzone inside Gate C.  Only the individual in the wheelchair, plus 1 will be allowed to sit here. 

 

*  Guests who cannot walk long distances are encouraged to bring a wheelchair as they are not provided on campus.

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 accessibility please contact the University Events Office at 540-568-7787.

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