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Accommodation Request Guidelines for Commencement and Special Occassions

General Information

All faculty, staff, and graduating seniors who have personal accommodation needs or needs for guests, must contact the Accessibility Resource Center at least one week prior to graduation. All request for accommodations can be made by calling 910.521.6695. The University will continue to make a good-faith effort to arrange accommodations for any requests made up until the day of the event.

Reserved Parking

A limited number of designated wheelchair accessible parking spaces will be available during both Commencements. Someone will direct cars as they enter. Drivers must display their handicap plate or placard.

Transportation from the parking lots to the graduation site, for those who are ambulatory, but can not walk long distances, will be provided. Courtesy golf carts will be circling campus parking lots. There may be a short wait, depending upon the number of people requesting this service.

Reserved Seating

There will be reserved seating for guests who use wheelchairs for undergraduate commencement and in Givens Performing Arts Center for the graduate ceremony. One person may accompany the person in the wheelchair.

Seating for persons who are hearing impaired will be located within the first row of seating and at the closest point to the interpreter.

Graduating seniors who would like to guarantee reserved seating for a disabled guest must make a reservation with the Accessibility Resource Center at least one week in advance of graduation. Every reasonable effort will be made to accommodate a last minute, unanticipated need for reserved seating, as space is available. In such cases though, it may be possible to accommodate only the disabled person. People with a reservation will be served on a first come first serve basis. Seating cannot be guaranteed unless it is reserved in advance.   

Interpreter Services

A Sign Language Interpreter, using American Sign Language, will be available for both ceremonies. Deaf guests who need priority seating must make prior arrangements with the Accessibility Resource Center for reserved seating. The graduate ceremony location has assistive listening devices for guests needing assistance with hearing.

View real-time caption of the ceremony (available only during ceremony)

Alternative Formats

Large print and Braille copies of commencement programs can be made as long as requests are received no later than one week before graduation in order to assure the best possible arrangements. The University will continue to make a good-faith effort to arrange accommodations for any requests made up until the day of the event.

Chemical Sensitivity

Although the University cannot guarantee a chemical-free environment, some guests may be subject to chemical sensitivity. In consideration of others, please consider not wearing strongly scented products.

For more information or requests for accommodations, contact:

Accessibility Resource Center
The University of North Carolina at Pembroke
PO Box 1510 Pembroke, NC 28372-1510
Phone: 910.521.6695
FAX: 910.521.6891
TTY: 910.521.6490
Email: arc@uncp.edu
Web: www.uncp.edu/arc/