We strive to make Commencement accessible to all who want to attend. Please take this survey and tell us about the accommodations you need to make commencement an enjoyable experience.

Seating for guests with mobility concerns and disabilities

For all accommodations related to disability such as sign language interpreters, and other services, please complete this survey so that we can better meet your needs.

Sections 115 or 116 on the east side of the stadium are reserved for Deaf or hard of hearing guests who use ASL/English interpreters. Commencement volunteers or security staff will oversee seating in this area.

Assistive listening devices will be available at the Information Tent located on Parker Plaza near the Football statue. Monitors with closed captioning are located in the Stadium Club on the upper level and in the Loge. Captioning will be displayed on the video board.

For all accommodations related to disability such as sign language interpreters, and other services, please complete this survey so that we can better meet your needs.

Guests with mobility concerns should not sit in the areas marked for wheelchair users. Instead, please sit in one of the following areas:

  • 100 level: the first X rows below wheelchair seating
  • 200 level: the first X rows below wheelchair seating
  • The shaded area in the Loge Level (the “wings”), also on the 200 level
  • The Stadium Club:This is located indoors and has tables that seat 6-8 people.

There will be an “overflow” area for guests with mobility concerns in the Terrace area located on the north side of the stadium. Please be aware, this seating will be in direct sunlight.

Alternative Seating: Guests who prefer indoor, climate controlled seating may view the captioned, televised ceremony on a large screen within the Stadium Club, located on the upper level of the stadium.  Enter through Gate C and take the elevator to the Club level. If the Club level is filled to capacity, there is alternate seating available at the Alumni Center in the Elle/Burlingham Room (111A), where guests can enjoy the televised ceremony.

Suggested locations for ADA. Wheel chair, and Elderly guest seating

 

Access to Reser Stadium may be challenging to guests who have difficulty walking long distances from the parking lots and shuttle stop locations. While Commencement is an exciting, enjoyable event, it can be a long, exhausting day for elderly guests and those who may have difficulty walking long distances. Therefore, families should consider bringing a wheelchair for those family members.

Disability Access Services (DAS) has several wheelchairs that can be loaned out in advance for use at Commencement. These wheelchairs are available on a first-come, first-served basis and must be picked up on Friday, June 14th and returned by Monday, June 17th. For more information, please call the DAS office at (541) 737-4098, or by email at Disability.Services@oregonstate.edu. Wheelchairs can also be rented at Samaritan Medical Supplies and Rice’s Pharmacy.

Wheelchair seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. These spaces fill up quickly! Therefore, it is recommended that families arrive early in order to secure this seating. Gates open at 9:00 a.m., but people start lining up as early as 7:30 a.m., so plan accordingly to have to stand on line for a period of time.

For all accommodations related to disability such as sign language interpreters, and other services, please complete this survey so that we can better meet your needs.

Wheelchair seating is available throughout the stadium on main level, the Loge level, and upper level. One companion can be seated with the individual who uses a wheelchair. If a wheelchair user has more than one companion, those family members/friends will need to sit in the row in front of the wheelchair location.

Wheelchair seating is also available in the Stadium Club, located on the upper level of the stadium. The Stadium Club is indoors and climate-controlled, with tables that seat 6-8 people. Large monitor screens will be available, live-streaming the event, which will be also closed-captioned. When your graduate receives their diploma, you will be able to walk outside into the stadium to watch that take place.

If you need assistance finding seating, please see one of the volunteers or security staff inside the stadium.

Guests with mobility concerns or disabilities who cannot walk long distances and who will experience difficulty climbing stairs are advised to enter the stadium through Gate C and choose seats in the Stadium Club or in the blue areas labeled "Seating for People with Mobility Concerns” on the Stadium diagram. Entrance C is closest to an elevator and escalator with easiest access to the climate-controlled seating in the Stadium Club.

For all accommodations related to disability such as sign language interpreters, and other services, please complete this survey so that we can better meet your needs.

Accessible guest parking information

ADA parking spots are reserved for cars with Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) permits, available only from the DMV. If you are traveling from another state, the DMV permit you have will be honored here in Oregon.

The location of accessible parking spaces can be found on this map. ADA parking is indicated in blue on the Parking & Shuttle Map (PDF). Please note: the entire Reser Stadium parking lot has been reserved for elderly guests and guests with mobility concerns. Additional ADA accessible parking is available in other lots.

Parking close to Reser Stadium is available within a parking structure on 26th Street and Washington Avenue.

The entire Reser Stadium parking lot is reserved for elderly guests and those with mobility concerns. The southern section of the Reser parking lot is reserved for ADA parking and will require an ADA permit issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles. There will be shuttles available every 15 minutes for transport from farther sections of the parking lot to the gates of Reser Stadium. For guests with mobility concerns or seeking wheelchair access need to enter through Gate C for easiest access to elevators and escalators to accessible seating.

Shuttle service from parking to Reser Stadium.

The OSU shuttle bus will run throughout the campus and to and from Reser Stadium from 8 a.m. to 2:30 pm. Shuttle pick-up points adjacent to accessible parking places are marked by signs. Shuttle buses will also be driving through the Reser Stadium parking lot and other lots every 10 minutes to pick up guests and drive them to the front of the stadium.  These shuttle buses are accessible for wheelchair users. 

Access to Reser gates and elevators

Guests who need easy access to elevators and escalators and those going to the Stadium Club are advised to enter through Gate C. Gates open at 9:00 a.m. Please understand that you will have to stand on line, so plan accordingly.

You will need to walk from the parking lot to Gate C. If you take the shuttle bus, you will have to walk from the curb, where you will be dropped off, to Gate C.

Weather considerations

If you have a medical condition or take medication that prevents you from sitting in the sun, the “wings” of the Loge Level will be available. This seating is also for guests with mobility concerns. Volunteers or security staff will be on hand to assist with securing seating in this section.

Commencement is a rain or shine event. If rain is predicted for Commencement Day, guests may want to bring a hat and/or rain poncho, or other types of covering. Umbrellas are not permitted in Reser Stadium.

Availability of Information in Accessible Formats

This information will be made available in accessible formats upon request. Please contact Disability Access Services at 541-737-4098 or by email at Disability.Services@oregonstate.edu