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Special Accommodations

Handicap Accessible Parking
Parking spaces for vehicles with state-issued handicap plates or placards will be reserved in the Ken Olsen Science Center parking lot for outdoor Commencement. Space in these lots is limited, so we recommend you arrive at least 45 minutes early.

Wheelchairs
The commencement location is handicap accessible. Extra wheelchairs will be available at each event to help transport guests between their vehicles and the event seating. Ushers will be lined up with wheelchairs on the edge of the abovementioned parking lots to assist guests to their seats. Guests are not able to keep the wheelchairs for the entirety of the event. After the events, the wheelchairs will also be available to assist guests in returning to their vehicles. 

Hearing Assistance
We will have headsets available at each event for guests who need hearing assistance. Please fill out the below form to request this service.  

ASL Interpretation
American Sign Language interpretation will be available at Commencement. Please ask an usher for assistance in locating the special seating area for ASL interpretation. Seating is limited so we recommend you arrive at least 45 minutes early.  

Foreign Language Translation
We will have headsets available at each event for live translation into Korean, Mandarin Chinese, Portuguese and Spanish. Please fill out the below form to request translation. 

Visitor Invitation Letters
If family or friends are planning to attend Commencement, the student in the U.S. may request a "visitor invitation letter" from the College. This type of letter is NOT required for entry into the U.S., but it may be considered during the Tourist Visa (B1 Visa) application process for guests. To request a visitor invitation letter, please go to www.gordon.edu/visa and scroll down to "Visitor Invitation Letter."  The Director of International Initiatives and Operations will draft and sign a letter, and email the letter as a PDF. Then the student should email the PDF to the guests overseas, and they should print it themselves. The U.S. State Department does not require this document, and regardless of documents presented, they will always want to hold a 2-5 minute conversation with the individual applying for any U.S. entry visa; the conversation with the U.S. State Department official is the most important part of a visa interview (not the document).



Our ushers will be available during the events to assist your family and guests. Guests with special needs should arrive at least 45 minutes early.

If you have an accommodation request that is NOT met by the above-mentioned services, please let us know by filling out the form below by May 1. 

For additional questions, please email .

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