Johns Hopkins is committed to promoting the full participation of all individuals with disabilities in the Commencement exercises. Below is information pertaining to the universitywide ceremony and the accommodations made for individuals with disabilities.


Accessible parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis in the nearby public parking garages; a state-issued license plate or placard is required.

Drop-Off Area

An accessible drop-off area is available at the northeast corner of the arena, along Baltimore Street. The Baltimore Street entrance is the accessible entrance to the arena. Please note the Hopkins Place entrance is also accessible.

If traveling in a group, guests are encouraged to drop off those who have a disability and then to park in one of the public parking garages. The drop-off area is shown in the following map.


Royal Farms Arena accessible seating chart.The ceremony will have designated seating areas for persons using wheelchairs. Seating is available for the individual with the disability and up to three companions on a first-come, first-served basis. This seating is located on the level 1 concourse behind sections 103, 104, 115 and 116. If you need assistance finding seating, please see one of the Commencement volunteers or usher inside the arena.

For other guests with mobility disabilities, it is strongly recommended that you arrive early to ensure you are able to find a seat that meets your needs. Doors will open at 9:30 a.m. Guests should enter through the Baltimore Street entrance. Should you need assistance, please see an usher or Commencement volunteer. All guests are asked to be seated by 10:45 a.m.

Please Note: The arena is a large facility and a considerable distance must be traveled to get to all of the seats. Guests for whom walking long distances is difficult are strongly encouraged to rent a wheelchair for the day. Wheelchairs will not be available at the arena. Information on wheelchair rentals is listed below.


Elevators are available on the southeast and southwest corners of the building. Please see a Royal Farms Arena staff member for assistance upon entering the building.


Large screens on either side of the stage will project the Commencement ceremony and each graduate as he/she crosses the stage, so guests need not sit close to the stage to have a “good seat.” The ceremony will also be captioned on these large screens.

Sign Language Interpreters/Assisted Listening Devices

Sign Language Interpreters are available upon request. Please contact the Commencement Office at or 410-516-7711 by April 21 to request ASL Interpreters. In all situations, a good faith effort (up until the time of the event) will be made to provide accommodations.

Assisted listening devices are available at Royal Farms Arena Guest Services, which is located behind section 227. A driver’s license will need to be left in exchange for the device.

Service Animals

Service animals are the only animals permitted in the Royal Farms Arena. Emotional Support Animals and other pets are not permitted.

Alternative Format Programs

A limited number of LARGE-PRINT programs will be available on the day of the event. Please see the ushers for LARGE-PRINT programs. Should a guest need a Braille Commencement program booklet please contact the Commencement Office at or 410-516-7711 by April 21.

Wheelchair Rentals

For wheelchair rentals/accommodations, please call medical equipment rentals at Northern Pharmacy at 410-254-2056 or email Northern Pharmacy.

Last updated September 25, 2019