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Accessibility

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Persons with Disabilities

Guests with mobility or hearing disabilities, please contact Susan Smythe by phone at (610) 690-2063 or by email at ssmythe1@swarthmore.edu to arrange for the services outlined below or for more information.

Wayfinding for Blind and Low Vision Travelers

This wayfinding service is designed to assist blind and low vision travelers in becoming familiar with walking routes on campus, and to navigate desired routes with the support of an accessible narrative mapping system. Over 100 detailed route directions have been compiled in a searchable database.

Baccalaureate and Commencement Seating for Guests 

Guests may contact Susan Smythe by May 16 to arrange to reserve seats in the accessible seating section. Seating is limited and can be in direct sunlight. Sunscreen is recommended.

Commencement is livestreamed to the LPAC, a comfortable, wheelchair-accessible, air-conditioned space with accessible bathrooms nearby. All guests are welcome to watch the ceremony in the LPAC. No tickets are required.

Accessible Parking and Shuttle Services 

Parking Lot Shuttles

Taking a shuttle from a regular parking lot is quick and easy. Persons with mobility issues are given priority in golf cart shuttles at all three lots. Buses shuttle from the SEPTA and the Field House lots. In addition, a van equipped for wheelchair transport will shuttle from the Field House lot.

Assistance for the Hearing Impaired

American Sign Language Interpreter

An American Sign Language interpreter will sign the Baccalaureate and Commencement ceremonies in the LPAC and Mertz Field. We suggest that guests who wish to watch the sign language interpreter arrive early.

Assisted Listening Devices

Assistive listening devices will be available for Baccalaureate and Commencement. Please contact Susan Smythe for more information. In the LPAC, assistive listening devices will be provided by the ushers. Please plan on leaving an ID and phone number as a deposit.