Commencement Ceremony Disability Access
Fall Commencement Disabled Access Information for the ASUI Kibbie Dome
Every year we receive a great many questions regarding access issues at the Kibbie Dome for our campus fall commencement ceremony. With that in mind we have put the following information together to assist you as you plan for this important event. Hopefully it will answer any questions you might have.
Here is a rundown of the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) we receive:
Q: I have a relative that needs help with seating, are there Dome staff available to assist?
A: Yes. We will have U of I student employees on hand to assist with your seating needs. They will be wearing distinct uniforms and will be located at the entrances to the South concourse.
Q: Do you have wheelchairs available?
A: We have a limited number of wheelchairs available for folks needing assistance from the Kibbie Dome doors to their seats. Unfortunately the wheelchairs are only used for transit purposes within the Dome. If you need a wheel chair for the duration of the ceremony, please plan on bringing one with you.
Q: Are there designated disabled seating areas?
A: There are a number of accessible seating options for our fall commencement ceremony. Located above sections 3 and 9, we have platforms set aside for folks using wheel chairs or those that have difficulty with stairs. Access to these areas is carried out via the southwest (SW) concourse entrance for Section #3 and #9. These areas are restricted to individuals in a wheelchair and one attendant.
On the Kibbie Dome floor there will be designated areas appropriate for those visitors using wheel chairs along with their attendants, friends and/or family. Those wishing to use these areas will need to transit the south concourse following the signs to the elevator. Take the elevator to the floor level and follow the signs to the designated disabled seating areas. Needless to say if you need assistance, please do not hesitate to ask one of our ushers.
Q: Can I drive my elderly relative up to the doors of the Kibbie Dome before the ceremony?
A: In some cases it may be possible to drop someone off at the door. U of I Parking and Transportation will have check points set up around the Kibbie Dome. Please let the Parking attendant know, and they will do their best to assist you. That said, it is best to arrive early to avoid having to drive through crowds of people. Also you will need to return and park in the designated parking lot west of the facility.
Q: How many disabled parking spots are there?
A: Parking and transportation will endeavor to accommodate all visitors displaying an official Handicapped Parking tag in designated parking areas. That said, these spaces are available on a first come, first serve basis.
For more detailed information regarding commencement ceremony related issues, please visit the main commencement website.
If you still have questions, please call us at 208-885-7353.