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 southeast corner of the arena, near the Hopkins Place entrance. Entrance is from W. Lombard Street.

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. Should you need assistance, please see an usher or Commencement volunteer.


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 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 be captioned on the large screens on either side of the stage.

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 24 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.

Alternative Format Programs

Should a guest need the Commencement program booklet in an alternate format, such as enlarged print or Braille, please contact the Commencement Office at or 410-516-7711 by April 24. A limited number of large-print copies will be available on the day of the event. Please see the ushers for large print copies.

Wheelchair Rentals

For wheelchair rentals/accommodations, please call Northern Pharmacy at 410-254-2055, press “0” to speak to the operator and ask for medical equipment rentals, or email Northern Pharmacy.

Last updated June 9, 2017