Special Needs

Undergraduate Commencement is staged outdoors at the area Under the Oaks. A special needs seating area  is located on the audience left and provides wider aisles, easy access to the wheelchair accessible restrooms, and indoor viewing inside McEwen Communications Building (air conditioned comfort). This seating area is open to all who accompany a special needs guest.


Special needs parking is available at the locations marked PSN on the campus map. These parking areas are monitored by Campus Safety and Security, and the officers on duty will provide instructions to drivers. In most cases, we recommend that special needs guests arrive at the Whitley parking lot directly behind the seating area Under the Oaks. These guests should be accompanied by a family member to the seating area while drivers take vehicles to the recommended parking lot for the duration of the ceremony.

Hearing Assistance/ASL Interpreting at Commencement

Elon Commencement is equipped with a limited number of hearing assistance devices and Spanish interpretation devices that are available on a first-come, first-served arrangement. Headsets may be picked up at the Information table after 7:30 a.m. on Saturday morning. A sign language interpreter will also be present near the stage during the Commencement ceremony. Please call the Office of Cultural Programs (336-278-5605) at your first opportunity for information on these special needs services.

Wheelchair Rentals

The following local companies will provide wheelchair rentals for Commencement. Please call ahead to ensure availability. Burlington Medical Equipment offers drop-off/pick-up service to area hotels.

Burlington Medical Equipment
1623 Vaughn Road, Burlington
(336) 226-0825
***Willing to drop off wheelchair at local hotel. Will pick them up on Monday.

Williams Medical Equipment Sales and Rentals
1230 Springwood Church Avenue, Gibsonville
(336) 449-7357

Clover's Medical Supply
1040 South Church Street, Burlington
(336) 222-8052