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 with mobility disabilities to bring personal mobility aids.
If you plan to attend Commencement Weekend activities and need accommodation, please contact the Office of Human Resources between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. at 717-337-6207 or the Department of Public Safety after hours at 717-337-6912. In order to better meet the needs of guests with disabilities or special needs, Gettysburg College will provide special seating, signing, accessible parking, and shuttle 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 nametags with orange ribbons.
Spring Honors Day and Baccalaureate (Saturday)
Call DPS by Friday, May 11 to arrange a parking space in the Admissions Lot, which is adjacent to the Chapel. The wheelchair lift is located on the side of the Chapel, and an officer will be on hand to operate the lift. Once inside, 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 in the Chapel or in campus video viewing locations (Baccalaureate only). 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; additionally, 4 accessible port-a-john units and 9 non-accessible units will be located on the east side of the Library.
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 the wooden ramp on the West Lincoln Avenue side. Restroom facilities are available on the 1st and 2nd floors of the CUB.
Call DPS by Friday, May 11 to arrange for parking in Masters Lot. Shuttle service will be available to transport your party between Masters Lot and the Commencement site if needed. 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. During Commencement, accessible restrooms are available in campus buildings including Weidensall Hall, Glatfelter Hall, Science Center, College Union Building, Plank Gym, Breidenbaugh Hall, Masters Hall and Pennsylvania Hall (please use the elevator to Floor 3.) 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, near Weidensall Hall.)
Campus Map (PDF)
Internet-based CART (Communication Access Realtime Translation) service will be available at the Spring Honors, Baccalaureate, and Commencement ceremonies. 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 web page (www.gettysburg.edu/Commencement) prior to the start of Commencement Weekend.
If you wish to borrow an iPad to view the CART closed-captioning, please contact Human Resources at 717-337-6207 by Friday, May 11 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.
Dick’s Homecare, Inc.
238 West Street
Gettysburg, PA 17325
Guests are encouraged to make arrangements by Wednesday, May 9.
Cost is $65 for the weekend; rental wheelchairs may be picked up from and returned to the Department of Public Safety (DPS) on West Stevens Street
Gettysburg Rental Center
720 York Road
Gettysburg, PA 17325
Quantities are limited.
Wheelchairs are available for $12 a day and can be picked up M-F 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. and Saturday 8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at Gettysburg Rental Center, or can be delivered to campus or a hotel for $50.
Electric 3-wheeled scooters are available to rent for $50 per 24-hour period, and may be picked up from the Department of Public Safety (DPS) on West Stevens Street; should be ordered as soon as possible to guarantee availability
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 11.