We offer the following suggestions to Commencement Ceremony guests with special needs:
Entering Campus: The recommended entrance for guests with special needs, especially those using a wheelchair, is the North Security Gate located near North State Street and Riverside Drive (see campus map). This entrance leads to parking near the Hall Activities Center.
Parking: Parking for individual with handicapped stickers is available in the parking lot beside the Hall Activities Center. If you need to drop off a guest prior to parking in another area, please tell the security officer, and he or she will assist you.
Accessibility: The Millsaps Commencement is an outdoor event held in the Millsaps Bowl in the center of campus, next to the A. Boyd Campbell College Center. The route from the Hall Activities Center parking area to the Bowl and to the College Center is fully accessible by wheelchair. The distance is 50-60 yards.
Seating: A limited number of chairs will be available in the Bowl directly in front of the A. Boyd Campbell College Center, under the shade of the Millsaps "potted oak," for those needing special assistance. Family members may sit near them, as space allows.
Outdoor Ceremony: We remind you to dress comfortably and suggest that you bring water for anyone who may not be able to move around easily. The lobby of the College Center will be open if your family member needs to move inside to the air conditioning. Please feel free to call on the student ushers for assistance.
Refreshments: Coffee, soft drinks, and water will be available for purchase from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. The ceremony begins at 9:30 a.m.
Restrooms: Restrooms are available in the A. Boyd Campbell College Center and in Sullivan-Harrell Hall.