Special Accommodations

Accessibility at Commencement

Case Western Reserve University makes efforts to accommodate guests and graduates to the extent that requests are readily achievable.

Accessibility Resources For Guests 

  • Free shuttles are available for transportation around campus for all guests. Each shuttle route will include a handicapped-accessible bus, identified by a handicap sticker and larger doors. Most other shuttles have three steps to enter or exit. Shuttle maps are available on the Maps, Shuttles, Parking page. 

Veale Convocation Center 

  • The Veale Convocation Center parking garage is immediately adjacent to the Veale Convocation Center, about 375 feet door-to-door.
  • The ground level of the Veale parking garage is half a floor lower than the sidewalk outside and is serviced by an elevator. There are no stairs at the entrances to the Veale Convocation Center.
  • For guests who may have difficulty walking, CWRU EMS volunteers will provide limited wheelchair transportation between the Veale parking garage and the Veale Convocation Center for the university convocation, undergraduate and graduate diploma ceremonies. Wheelchair transportation will be on a first-come, first-served basis and is limited to within the Veale Convocation Center and parking garage. Guests attending ceremonies in other locations or those needing more extensive assistance must provide their own wheelchair, which may be rented through one of the many area medical supply companies (try Accucare Home Medical Equipment).
  • Seats for guests with wheelchairs and a companion will be reserved throughout the Veale Convocation Center. All seating, including spaces for wheelchairs, is on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Listening-assist devices are available to check-out at the Information Desk in the Veale Convocation Center. 
  • American Sign Language services are provided in the Veale Convocation Center for the University Convocation and Undergraduate Studies Diploma Ceremony. Guests needing these services should contact the Commencement Office at 216.368.2229 or email commencement@case.edu

For Graduates

Please contact the commencement coordinator from your school or department in advance of commencement day to discuss arrangements.