Gettysburg College welcomes the participation of people with disabilities. Please note that there is some distance between the various Commencement venues. While we provide accessible parking and shuttle services, some walking is still necessary, so we encourage guests who need additional assistance to bring personal mobility aids.
In order to better meet the needs of guests with disabilities or special needs, Gettysburg College will provide
- accessible parking,
- shuttle service,
- special seating, and
- CART service
during key Commencement Weekend events. Ushers and other College staff are on duty at all functions throughout the weekend. Please do not hesitate to ask for any assistance you may need. Ushers and College staff can be identified by name tags with orange ribbons.
To arrange for accessible parking, please call the Department of Public Safety (DPS) at 717-337-6912 by Friday, May 8. They will need the following information to process your request:
- name of person needing parking accommodations,
- make/model/color of car,
- license plate # (including state),
- specific events for which you are requesting parking (see events below), and
- needs (parking, drop-off, etc.).
Spring Honors Day (Saturday)
Accessible parking is in the Admissions Lot, which is adjacent to the Chapel (see how to make arrangements above). The wheelchair lift is located on the south side of the Chapel, and an officer will be on hand to operate the lift. Wheelchair spaces will be available in the Chapel near the front with one companion seat, and ushers will be available to help. Other members of larger parties may find seating elsewhere in the Chapel. Accessible restroom facilities are available on the main floor of the Chapel near the wheelchair lift entrance, on the right side as you face the altar.
Accessible parking is in the Admissions Lot which is close to the Baccalaureate site at Pennsylvania Hall (outdoor site) and adjacent to the Chapel (indoor site). See how to make arrangements above. Outdoor site - one wheelchair accessible van will loop before and after the ceremony from the Admissions Lot to Penn Drive.
Pennsylvania Hall Site (outdoor Baccalaureate)
When you reach the ceremony site, ushers with orange ribbons will be available to assist you with finding seating. Wheelchair spaces with companion seating are dispersed throughout the site’s general seating area. Accessible restrooms are available in campus buildings surrounding the ceremony site. Please ask an usher for assistance. Additionally, ADA compliant outdoor portable restrooms will be available adjacent to the Commencement site for guests with limited mobility. They will be located along the sidewalk at the east end of Musselman Library.
Christ Chapel (indoor Baccalaureate)
Please see details for Spring Honors Day (above). Members of larger parties may find seating in the Chapel or in campus video viewing location.
Senior Class Party (Saturday evening)
Accessibility parking and drop-off will be available along Lincoln Avenue as well as in campus parking lots. The accessible entry to the CUB is at the Bullet Hole entrance on the east end of the building.
Accessible parking is in Masters Lot (see how to make arrangements above). Shuttle service will be available to transport your party between Masters Lot and the Commencement site. Two vans (one of which is accessible) will be running from 8:45 - 11:00 a.m. and 1:30 (approximate end of ceremony) - 2:30 p.m. When you reach the ceremony site, ushers with orange ribbons will be available to assist you with finding seating. Wheelchair spaces with companion seating are dispersed throughout the Commencement site’s general seating area. Accessible restrooms are available in campus buildings surrounding the ceremony site. Please ask an usher for assistance. Additionally, ADA compliant outdoor portable restrooms will be available adjacent to the Commencement site for guests with limited mobility. They will be located along the sidewalk at the east end of Musselman Library.
Campus Map (PDF)
Internet-based CART (Communication Access Realtime Translation) service will be available at Spring Honors, Baccalaureate, and Commencement. This service will allow anyone to see the closed-caption transcription in real time on any wireless device that can access the Internet. The URL for accessing this service will be posted on the Commencement homepage prior to Commencement Weekend.
iPads for CART
If you wish to borrow an iPad to view the CART closed-captioning, please contact Human Resources at 717-337-6207 by Friday, May 8, to reserve one. A limited number of extra iPads will also be available at the ceremonies. Please contact an usher to pick up a reserved iPad or if you wish to borrow one. Ushers can also help if you have difficulty accessing the CART link.
Translated copies of the Baccalaureate and Commencement scripts in languages based on graduates' requests will be available as PDFs on the Commencement homepage prior to Commencement Weekend. Printed copies may be picked up at the usher station closest to the Band Tent (near the East side of Pennsylvania Hall) and at the remote viewing sites.
Wheelchairs and Electric Scooters
The following local businesses may be contacted directly. Please make your arrangements as soon as possible to guarantee availability.
Dick’s Homecare, Inc.
238 West Street
Gettysburg, PA 17325
Gettysburg Rental Center
720 York Road
Gettysburg, PA 17325
For electric scooters:
If you or your guests need additional assistance or have needs that require specialized accommodation, please call Human Resources at 717-337- 6207 by Friday, May 8.