Commencement Ceremony Disability Access
Spring 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 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: What is the number one tip related to having a great commencement day ceremony?
A: Arrive as early as possible. The closer it gets to the ceremony, the more crowded and stressful it gets in all areas of the Dome.
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 "Staff" jackets and will be located at the main entrances on the west end of each of the concourses.
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 wheelchair for the duration of the ceremony, please plan on bringing one with you.
Q: Are there designated disabled seating areas?
A: There are a large number of accessible seating options for our commencement ceremony at the Kibbie Dome. Located above sections 9 and 20, we have platforms set aside for folks using wheel chairs and their attendants. Access to these areas is best carried out via the southwest (SW) concourse entrance for Section #9 and the northwest (NW) concourse entrance for Section #20. These areas are restricted to individuals in a wheelchair and one attendant.
On the Kibbie Dome floor there will be numerous 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 north or 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 (they will be wearing vests with the word "Staff" on them).
Q: Can I drive my elderly relative up to the doors of the Kibbie Dome before the ceremony?
A: Due to safety concerns, this is generally not allowed. Our Parking and Transportation unit will have a drop off area as close to the doors as possible. Efforts will be made to have a shuttle available to take your relative to the appropriate door of the Dome. The Parking attendant will do their best to assist you. After dropping off your relative, you will need to return and park in the designated parking lot west of the facility.
Q: Is there a shuttle for the disabled from the Kibbie Dome parking lot to the entrances?
A: U of I Parking and Transportation Services will make every effort to have a cart shuttle service operating from the drop off area to the appropriate Dome entrances prior to the event. Please visit the U of I Parking and Transportation Informational webpage for more details.
Q: How do I know where my graduate will be sitting on the Dome floor? (So we can be as close as possible!)
A: There will be signs posted all around the facility with a schematic of where the different colleges will be sitting.
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 specially 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.
Q: After the ceremony, what happens?
A: Individual colleges will be having receptions in designated areas. You will want to find out where those are taking place and make plans accordingly. Unfortunately, we do not have enough wheelchairs to make them available for events outside the Kibbie Dome. If you have a relative with mobility issues, we would suggest making the necessary arrangements to have your own wheelchair available for the day. Otherwise, our event staff will make every effort to assist families after the ceremony.