Information for guests with disabilities or special needs

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.

Accessible Parking

To arrange for accessible parking, please call the Department of Public Safety (DPS) at 717-337-6912. 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.).


Additional information will be forthcoming.


Additional information will be forthcoming.

CART Service

Internet-based CART (Communication Access Realtime Translation) service will be available at Baccalaureate and Commencement.

CART 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, September 24 to reserve one.


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.

For wheelchairs:

Dick’s Homecare, Inc.
238 West Street
Gettysburg, PA 17325

Gettysburg Rental Center
720 York Road
Gettysburg, PA 17325

For electric scooters:

Mobility Mike

If you or your guests need additional assistance or have needs that require specialized accommodation, please call Human Resources at 717-337- 6207.