Special Needs

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All Commencement ceremonies are held in the Watsco Center which is an ADA accessible facility.

Please contact the Office of Commencement at (305) 284-1824, (305) 284-3401 (TDD), or commencement@miami.edu to request special accommodations not addressed below for upcoming events. Requests for individuals with a disability should be submitted at least two weeks prior to the event to allow for coordination.


The University of Miami does not provide wheelchairs. Rental options are provided by Medical Equipment Solutions at (305) 590-5755. Please mention your rental is for the University of Miami Commencement ceremony.

For those guests arriving with their own wheelchairs, please park in the Special Needs lot and proceed directly to the Special Needs Entrance at the Watsco Center.

Parking for the Ceremony

The Special Needs Parking is located in front of the Watsco Center at the Serpentine lot (425 N and S) on Walsh Avenue. Handicap Parking Decals or Special Passes are NOT needed. There will be golf carts shuttling guests who cannot walk long distances to and from the Watsco Center from surrounding surface lots. For more information, contact the Office of Commencement at (305) 284-1824.


ADA accessible areas are reserved for guests in wheelchairs or those with mobility impairments and special needs. Access to the seating areas is via an elevator in our Special Needs/VIP Lobby Entrance (located right across from the parking lot). Due to space limitations, the number of family members that can be seated in those areas with the special needs guest will be limited. The Watsco Center usher staff includes a qualified ADA aid who may assist in escorting guests with special needs to the seating area upon request.