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Information for People with Disabilities and Mobility Issues

parking, seating, wheelchair rental, and shuttle bus service

Parking for People with Disabilities and Mobility Issues
Any graduate whose parents or other guests are disabled may access reserved parking in the Beacon Street garage. Eligible persons include those with a state-issued handicapped license plate or handicapped placard. The license plate must be on the vehicle or the placard or special parking pass displayed from the rearview mirror and easily visible to the parking attendants when approaching campus and while parking on campus. The person to whom the plate or placard is issued must be in the vehicle and be able to provide identification. Please enter the garage through the Beacon Street entrance. Once parked, hosts and golf carts will be available to assist with transport to the Stadium. If you do not have a state-issued placard or license plate, you may apply for a special parking pass on the Handicapped Seating and Parking form available on this web page in mid-April.

Seating for People with Disabilities and Mobility Issues
Covered seating for people with disabilites and mobility issues or elderly people needing assistance will be available in Alumni Stadium at both endzones on the Mezzanine Level. This area is covered but not enclosed, so guests should dress accordingly. The online application will be accessible until May 16, 2014, and passes are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Access to this area will only be allowed to those who reserve it in advance. Each approved application will provide for seating for two people only. All other guests must be seated in the regular sections of the stadium. If you have any questions, please call 617-552-4330 or email us at commencement@bc.edu. As an alternative, indoor seating with Jumbotron viewing is available in Conte Forum.

Wheelchair Rental
Guests can set up wheelchair rental directly through any of the medical supply companies listed below. Payment, pickup and drop off should be arranged well in advance of Commencement Weekend to ensure availability as there are many local college and university commencements held the same weekend. The University is not equipped to provide wheelchairs.

  • Belmont Medical Supply
    185 Belmont Street
    Belmont, MA 02478
    Tel 617-484-3888
    www.belmontmedical.com
  • Sullivan's Medical Supply
    1 Corinth Street
    Roslindale, MA 02131
    Tel 617-323-0304 (preferred number, leave a message)
    or 617-325-0013
  • Apria Healthcare
    575 University Avenue
    Norwood, MA 02072
    Tel 800-649-2422 (Customer Service option #1)

Shuttle Bus Service

Free shuttle bus service will be available to transport all guests. In addition, special wheelchair accessible buses will be available for people with disabilities and mobility issues plus one guest. The service is available:

  • after the Baccalaureate Mass on Sunday outside Conte Forum - Gate B to transport guests to the reception on O'Neill Plaza,
  • and after the University Commencement on Monday outside Alumni Stadium - Gate E to transport guests to individual school diploma ceremonies on Middle Campus. This service runs all day Monday to transport guests around campus and back to their original point of arrival.

For further information check the complete shuttle bus schedule and bus stop map.

Golf Carts

Golf carts and hosts will be stationed throughout the Campus at various locations on Monday to transport people with disabilities and mobility issues and one additional person to assist. The shuttle bus service is the primary mode of transportation; golf carts offer additional assistance to transport people with disabilities and mobility issues to/from the Beacon Garage to the main ceremony and also to/from the shuttle bus stops and diploma ceremony sites as needed. Golf carts will be available until 3:00 P.M. on Monday.

Golf carts are on a first-come, first-served basis. Longer waits for golf carts should be expected immediately after ceremonies end or begin. We encourage all graduates and guests to use shuttles as much as possible.

Check the complete golf cart schedule for further information.