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The University complies with overlapping federal requirements that extend civil-rights protection to persons with disabilities and prohibit employment discrimination on the basis of disability. The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended, protects qualified applicants and employees with disabilities from discrimination in hiring, promotion, discharge, pay, job training, fringe benefits, classification, referral, and other aspects of employment on the basis of disability. Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, requires affirmative action to employ, and advance in employment, qualified persons with disabilities who, with reasonable accommodation, can perform the essential functions of a job. Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, bars employment discrimination in any program or activity which receives federal financial assistance.

Questions regarding this policy may be directed to the Vice President for Human Resources, an appropriate administrator, and/or the Executive Director of Office for Institutional Diversity.


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 does not provide personal use wheelchairs.

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:

  • Baccalaureate Mass on Sunday 
    • Outside Conte Forum - Gate B to transport guests to the reception on O'Neill Plaza.
  • University Commencement on Monday 
    • Outside Alumni Stadium - Gate E to transport guests to individual school diploma ceremonies on Middle Campus. 
    • Shuttle transportation will be provided from 6:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. on Commencement Day. 

Golf Carts

On Commemcement Day, a small number of golf carts will be available to transport guests with disabilities or limited mobility, along with one campanion to assist. Service will be first-come, first-served. Commencement hosts will be available throughout campus to assist with golf cart transportation. Please expect longer waiting periods when ceremonies end or begin. 

The shuttle bus service is the primary mode of transportation. Golf carts offer additional assistance to transport guests with disabilities or limited mobility if needed to/from the Beacon Street Garage to the Main Ceremony, and to/from the shuttle bus stops and the individual diploma ceremony sites, as needed. 

Universal Design for Learning

Boston College is committed to being a leader in Universal Design by utilizing a universal design for learning framework to ensure all members of the BC community (students, faculty, staff, alumni, parents, and visitors), including individuals with disabilities, are able to engage and derive benefit from all instructional and technological resources that Boston College has available to offer.

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