Commencement Access

The City College of New York is fully committed to ensuring individuals with disabilities are provided with equal and full participation at commencement activities.  Commencement activities are developed in concert with multiple offices on campus; The AccessAbility Center/Student Disability Services (AAC/SDS) is a part of this planning process to ensure accessibility for City College's graduating students with disabilities and their guests. The AAC/SDS asks students with disabilities who require accommodations during commencement activities, or, have guests requiring accommodations to please contact the office:  via telephone: (212) 650-5913, TTY/TTD: (212) 650-8441, or email: .

For general information related to City College's commencement activities, please visit the following Website:  

For the divisional commencements, please visit the following pages for detailed information on disability access:

Division of Humanities and the Arts Graduation Ceremony
School of Education Graduation Ceremony
Division of Interdisciplinary Studies at CWE Graduation Ceremony
Division of Science Graduation Ceremony
Colin Powell School of Civic and Global Leadership Graduation Ceremony
Sustainability Program Graduation Ceremony
Grove School of Engineering Graduation Ceremony
Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture Graduation Ceremony
CUNY School of Medicine/Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education Graduation Ceremony

The following information is focused on the main commencement on Friday, May 31, 2024, 10:00am, at CCNY South Campus Great Lawn.  

Traveling: If you are a guest who utilizes Access-A-Ride, please indicate 75 St. Nicholas Terrace (enter at 140th Street & Convent Avenue intersection and speak with the officer on duty)  address as a drop-off and pick-up. Seating will be available by the entrances to allow for pick-up.  For students with disabilities who are graduating, you will be lining up at the West 133 and Convent Avenue entrance by the Child Development Center/Aaron Davis Hall (arrival times will be noted on your electronic ticket).

The main entrance to the ceremony site will be located at the intersection of Convent Avenue and W135th Street.  Guests can drop off at Amsterdam Avenue and W135th Street and proceed to the main entrance.  Golf carts are available to transport those that are unable to walk to the ceremony site from the main entrance.  We ask that one family member accompany any guest that needs to use a golf cart.

Entrance: Guests with disabilities are directed to enter by The Towers Residence located near 75 St. Nicholas Terrace.  It is recommended to arrive one hour prior, in order to ensure less traffic and timely seating.  

Wheelchairs:  There will be courtesy wheelchairs located at The Towers and guest entrances. You will need to provide a valid form of ID.  

Bathrooms: Throughout south campus where the main commencement is held (rain or shine), there are a number of portable accessible bathrooms spread out and located in accessible areas for use by individuals with disabilities.

Interpreters: Two interpreters are available and placed on the main stage to provide sign language interpreting services for individuals with sensory disabilities.  There will be designated seating in the front row to ensure access to the interpreters.  

Closed Captioning: There will be closed captioning available on the video display screens.  

Seating: Designated seats are labeled on south campus and marshals and ushers will provide assistance on where they located; a program will be placed on your seat.  

Signage: There will be signs hanging on most light posts indicating where accessible bathrooms and seating are located.

Alternate Format: If you require alternate format of the program given out that day, please contact the AAC/SDS office (contact above).

Assistive Listening Device: If you require the use of an assistive listening device, it will be available opposite to the Spitzer Architecture Building (close by West 135 and Convent Avenue).  You will need to provide a valid form of ID.  Devices must be returned at the end of the ceremony.

Ticketing: All electronic tickets provide information on the AAC/SDS if accommodations are necessary for access during commencement activities. 

Last Updated: 05/25/2024 16:58