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Candidates and Guests with Disabilities

Texas State University is committed to providing equal access to individuals with disabilities. The University provides accessible options for parking, shuttles, and seating during all commencement ceremonies.

When to Arrive
Due to the large number of guests attending commencement, it is recommended that candidates and guests with disabilities plan to arrive one to one and a half hours prior to the ceremony start time.

Parking
Candidates and guests who have limited mobility and have a disabled license plate, a disabled placard, or can show a disability-related need, will be provided access to the limited mobility parking lot (Lot C) near entrance 1 of the University Events Center.

Golf carts are available in Lot C to take individuals from their vehicle to entrance 1 of the University Events Center.

Signs are posted near this area to indicate available accessible parking. For the safety and convenience of our guests, the University Police Department (UPD) coordinates and supervises parking and traffic flow. Guests may encounter lane closures and/or redirected traffic as the UPD deems such traffic controls are necessary.

Shuttle Services
Shuttle buses (shuttles) will be available to transport candidates and guests from Lots A and B. and drop off at the Texas State marquee sign in front of the University Events Center. Shuttles will only pick up and drop off at designated stops.

When planning your arrival, please allow time for the shuttle to make its designated route. Depending on traffic, this could be as long as fifteen minutes. Buses will be available beginning one and a half hours prior to the start of the ceremony and the last bus leaves one and a half hours after the end of the ceremony.

All shuttle buses are 100% ADA accessible.

Seating
Guests with disabilities who require accessible seating should identify this need to staff at the entrance of Strahan Arena inside of the University Events Center.  Guests will be directed to the closest available open seating area.  Guests with disabilities who wish to sit in another section closest to their graduate may do so; however, seating cannot be guaranteed in any specific section. 

Accessible seating areas are located in sections 106, 107, 115, 116, 201, 202, and 203; the map of Strahan Arena in the commencement program shows these sections.  Each guest with a disability will be allowed to have one accompanying family member or friend sit with them in the accessible seating area.

Access for People who are Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing
Interpreting and captioning services are provided for all commencement ceremonies. The University can also provide individuals who are hard-of-hearing with an assistive listening device (ALD) upon request. Should a person need an ALD, please request the device from staff upon arriving at the commencement ceremony. ALD devices are available at a booth in the concourse near seating section 106.

Commencement Program
The commencement program will be available as an accessible PDF document, on the commencement website the week of commencement.

Accommodations
Reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities will be made upon request. Candidates with disabilities are asked to identify their need in the graduation application and/or contact the Office of Disability Services at least two weeks prior to commencement.

Guests who need other individual accommodations not specifically addressed above should contact the Office of Disability Services at ods@txstate.edu.

Questions
If you have general questions about the commencement ceremony, please e-mail commencement@txstate.edu.