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Commencement Accessibility Information


Graduates and guests who use a wheelchair or who may have difficulty walking long distances are strongly encouraged to make use of our designated ADA parking area in University Lots 52, 53, and 54 at the corner of 15th and Walnut Streets two blocks east of campus. There is no cost for the parking.  The lot is designated in blue on the Commencement Parking Map.

Wheelchair-lift-equipped shuttles will run continuously from this lot to locations on UO Campus. These shuttles will be able to drop students and family members off at the East entrance to Matt Knight Arena.  Each guest's party is also encouraged to use these shuttles. Each shuttle driver will have a cell phone number posted in the bus that patrons should write down and call to arrange pick-up.

Due to congested traffic on campus, we recommend guests arrive at the parking lot at least one hour prior to the scheduled start time of the ceremony they wish to attend.

Matthew Knight Arena has designated wheelchair seating located on both the main and upper concourse levels throughout the arena. The seating is designed so one member of each guest's party may sit with them in the designated section. Additionally, we are reserving the top row of the inner bowl of seating (immediately in front of each wheelchair section) for additional party members to allow guests to sit near their entire party whenever possible.

Guests with limited mobility who do not use a wheelchair should check with Matthew Knight Arena staff or Commencement volunteers for elevator locations or if they are unable to find accessible seating.  There will be information tables at both the East (where the shuttles will drop people off) and the North entrance and many staff members just walking around to assist anyone who needs help.

If you have questions, please contact Lisa Fortin at

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