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 spaces will be available on a first-come, first-served basis in the Homewood field lot in front of the Imagine Center; a state-issued license plate or hangtag is required. Parking is limited you must reserve a space by following this link. Additional accessible parking spaces are available in the South and San Martin garages and accessible shuttles are available from the garages to Homewood Field.

Drop-Off Area

An accessible drop-off area is available at the Schelle Pavilion entrance to Homewood Field on W. University Parkway.

If traveling in a group, we encourage guests to drop off those who have a disability and then to park in one of the campus garages to allow us to leave open accessible spaces for those who are traveling alone or who need assistance.


The ceremony will have a designated seating area for persons needing ADA seating. Seating is available for the individual with the disability and one companion on a first-come, first-served basis. Guests registered for ADA seating and their companion should enter the stadium through the Schelle Pavilion. To register for the ADA seating please follow this link.

For other guests with mobility disabilities, it is strongly recommended that you arrive early to ensure you can find a seat that meets your needs. The gates will open at 8 a.m. For assistance, please see an usher or Commencement volunteer. All guests are asked to be seated by 8:45 a.m.

Large screens on either side of the stage will project the ceremony, including graduates crossing the stage, so guests do not need to sit close to the stage to have a good view of their graduate.

Captioning and ASL Interpreters

Captions and ASL interpretation will be displayed on the screens projecting the ceremony.

Assisted Listening Devices

Assisted listening devices are available upon request. Please contact the Commencement Office at or 410-516-7711 for more information.

Service Animals

Service animals are the only animals permitted at Homewood Field. 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 22.

Wheelchair Rentals

Wheelchairs are not available at Homewood Field. For more information or to arrange a wheelchair rental for the event, please contact Northern Pharmacy at 410-254-2056.

Last updated February 22, 2023