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Special Needs Accommodations

Commencement ceremonies at Old Dominion University are accessible to all graduates and guests. Accessible parking is available in the 45th Street Parking Garage with entrance to the Chartway Arena on the side entrance facing 45th Street.

If you require any assistance beyond what is listed here, please contact the Commencement Office and leave a message with your contact information and particular need and we will make every effort to accommodate you.


Guests who cannot traverse stairs, including those in wheelchairs, should park in the accessible parking in the 45th Street Parking Garage and enter as described above. There, an usher will escort you and one guest to the elevator and then to accessible seating.

Due to capacity regulations within the arena, both guests will require a ticket for entrance. The University and the Chartway Arena are unable to provide wheelchairs for guests with disabilities.

Hearing Impaired

Sign language interpreters will be stationed on the stage. Please advise the ushers if you need to make use of the interpreters and they will seat you in a section with a clear view of the interpreters.

Graduating Students

Graduating students with special needs should contact the Commencement Office (commencement@odu.edu) as early in the semester as possible so that arrangements can be made and finalized. This includes those graduates who cannot walk in the processional and would need to meet the line of march in the Chartway Arena.

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