Deaf / Hard of Hearing

Seating for guests who wish to use the services of a sign language interpreter will be available at Valedictory Exercises and the two Final Exercises ceremonies. A live broadcast of both Final Exercises ceremonies will be open captioned and shown on LED screens on the Lawn, in auditoriums nearby (see Remote (Indoor) Viewing Locations), and streamed on the University’s live streaming page.


  • Kristin Roush, Coordinator of Deaf/Hard of Hearing and Accessible Media Services   

Seating for Final Exercises

All guests attending Final Exercises on Saturday or Sunday will require a ticket whether the ceremony is on the Lawn or in John Paul Jones Arena. For the Lawn, individuals using wheelchairs, or other mobility devices, may sit in the accessible area in front of Cocke Hall with one companion. Limited seating is available in this section. Guests may prefer to watch the ceremony in one of the climate-controlled auditoriums at a nearby remote (indoor) viewing location.


Wheelchair-accessible restrooms near the Lawn are located in the following buildings: Bryan Hall, Garrett Hall, New Cabell Hall, Newcomb Hall, and Clemons Library. Also, there are wheelchair accessible porta-johns located on McGuffey Alley.

Parking & Shuttle Bus Service

For detailed information regarding accessible parking and shuttle bus service (including maps), please visit Parking & Transportation website.

Wheelchair Rentals

Navigating around Grounds during Finals Weekend involves considerable walking and traveling through heavily congested areas. Some guests may prefer to rent or bring a wheelchair with them to use during Finals Weekend. Wheelchairs are not available through the University, but they may be rented in advance from the following local companies.

Rental Companies:

  • Simple Comforts Home Medical   
    • (434) 245 - 0001   
    • 202 Albemarle Square, Charlottesville, VA 22901   
      • Mon. - Friday (9:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.)
      • Sat. (9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.)
      • Sun. (Closed)
  • Wheelchairs & Mobility Solutions  
    • (434) 825 - 5222