We are committed to making the Columbia University Commencement Week events accessible to all guests. The Office of Disability Services coordinates this effort. These services are available to guests who use wheelchairs, have limited mobility, the elderly needing assistance, and those hearing and visual disabilities. During Commencement events, Disability Services staff, event hosts, and Public Safety officers will be on hand to assist guests with disabilities.
Access to Campus
Guests with disabilities should enter campus via the 116th Street gates at Amsterdam Avenue. Event hosts will be stationed at these gates and available to assist guests with seating. Prepare for your visit by viewing the campus accessibility map.
Special seating is available to guests who use wheelchairs, have limited mobility, the elderly needing assistance, and those with hearing and visual disabilities.
Reservations are not required. Upon arrival to campus, please alert a University official to your needs, and he or she will direct you to a designated seating area.
Closed captioning will be available at both Class Day and Commencement in a designated seating area.
Upon arrival to campus, please alert a University official to your needs and he or she will direct you to the appropriate seating area.
Columbia will offer a limited number of wheelchairs to guests who are visiting campus for graduation events. There is no cost associated with borrowing a wheelchair.
Wheelchairs must be reserved in advance. Please call the Office of Disability Services at 212-854-2388 or send an email to make a reservation for and arrangements to pick up the wheelchair.
Columbia does not offer on-campus parking. Drivers are advised to drop off and pick up passengers with disabilities at the gates located at the intersection of 116th Street and Amsterdam Avenue. A list of private parking garages is available on the Commencement website.
If you require additional assistance or have questions regarding disability services available for graduation, please contact the Office of Disability Services by calling 212-854-2388 or sending an email.
Dean of Student Affairs Office
601 Alfred Lerner Hall
New York, NY 10027
Call: (212) 854-2446
Fax: (212) 854-0470
9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.