Special Needs and Accessibility
University-wide Commencement Ceremony
Guests requiring special assistance, should enter Portal 1 along Kirby Avenue and enter Memorial Stadium at Gate 24. Inside the stadium, an usher will direct you to the designated accessibility seating areas. Graduates with disabilities who require special assistance to fully participate in Commencement events may contact the Committee on Commencement at (217) 333-8834 or email the Commencement Office. Please see the Disability Resources and Educational Services website for information about wheelchair rentals.
Sign language interpretation will be provided on stage as well as near Section 127 at the university-wide ceremony. Hearing-impaired students should sit as close to the stage as possible within their designated section on the field. Guests should let an usher know they need seating in Section 127 to improve visibility of the sign language interpreter. CART services will also be provided during the ceremony.
As a service to parents with small children who may become restless during the two hour Commencement, the ceremony will be televised in the West Main Hall of the stadium.
Please call the Committee on Commencement, (217) 333-8834, if additional accommodations need to be made.
For accessibility information regarding the following unit convocation venues please see below.
Foellinger Auditorium – email Terry Dederich