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Guests with Disabilities
We are committed to making the Columbia Business School graduation events accessible to all guests. Disability Services coordinates this effort, and services will be available to guests who use wheelchairs, have limited mobility, the elderly needing assistance, and those with visual or hearing impairment. The below information relates to the Full-Time MBA Recognition Ceremony on Sunday, May 17, 2015. Read information regarding the University Commencement ceremony.
Entrance to Campus
Guests who use a wheelchair, have limited mobility, the elderly needing assistance, and those with strollers for young children are advised to use the Campus Walk East entrance, located at 116th Street on Amsterdam Avenue. From there, guests will be closest to the ADA seating and there will be designated staff to assist as needed. Ramps will be available from the street level to the lawn seating.
As we celebrate our graduating class, we wish to ensure that all guests are able to enjoy the festivities. For our guests who use wheelchairs, have limited mobility, the elderly needing assistance, or those with very young children, ADA approved seating will be available on the South Field East lawn. To request seating accommodations, the graduating student must email Clara Luce in the Office of Student Affairs to provide the names of his/her guests by Friday, May 1, 2015. While we will do our best to accommodate guests with disabilities who have made arrangements prior to the deadline, we cannot guarantee space in the ADA seating area for those who have not.
There is no on-campus parking. However, there are several parking garages in the neighborhood surrounding Columbia University. Drivers are advised to drop off and pick up passengers with disabilities at the accessible gate listed above. Please note, while there is limited parking available in the area, we strongly recommend that any guests able to use public transportation, a car service, or taxi service to travel to and from campus do so. Due to the volume of guests and the other activities in the area that day, parking is notoriously difficult. We encourage everyone to plan extra travel time and be patient with possible street closures and delays in service.
Services for Guests with Visual Disabilities
Large-print programs will be available at the ADA seating entrance from 116th Street and Amsterdam Avenue.
Services for Guests who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing
Closed captioning will be provided on all of the screens located throughout the guest seating area.
Contact the Disability Services Office
For more information, please call Disability Services at (212) 854-2388 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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