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Parking Information

Parking for graduates and guests is available in the Soccer Lot located just off University Boulevard. Transportation to and from Coleman Coliseum is available free of charge using the CrimsonRide transportation service. This service is wheelchair accessible.

RESERVED PARKING FOR THOSE WITH ACCESSIBILITY NEEDS: Parking for graduates and guests with accessibility needs is available in the Coleman Coliseum parking lot, which is accessible from the Second Avenue entrance off Paul Bryant Drive. Admission to the Coleman Coliseum parking lot is by State-issued disability placard or plates only.

DROP OFF AREA FOR THOSE WITH MOBILITY IMPAIRMENTS: There will be a drop-off area located outside of Coleman Coliseum for guests with accessibility needs or mobility impairments. Those wishing to make use of this service should use the main entrance to the Coliseum located at Bryant Drive and Coliseum Drive. Vehicles will be allowed to drop off their guests at the northern end of the Coliseum and will then be directed back out to Bryant Drive. After drop-off, the vehicle should proceed to one of the standard parking lots as outlined in the information above.

There will be an additional drop-off area located in the Coleman Coliseum Lot for those vehicles allowed entry with State-issued disability placard or plates.

Reserved Parking Information

A commencement parking hang tag is required to park in the reserved lot on the east side of Coleman Coliseum. This lot is reserved for the Event Staff, Coliseum Staff, Volunteers, posthumous families, faculty participating in the ceremony, and Platform Party members. These passes are distributed to ceremony participants and personnel by invitation.

Faculty will receive an email invitation to participate in commencement, which will include a link to the Faculty Commencement survey. Faculty members who mark their attendance as participating in the ceremony will receive a parking pass at their campus mail address the week of the ceremony. No reserved parking passes will be available or issued on the day of commencement. Those with the commencement parking hang tag should enter the lot from Hackberry Lane.

Accessibility Needs Access

Accessible Parking: A state-issued disability placard prominently displayed inside the vehicle or state-issued disability plate is required. The accessible parking area is located on the east side of Coleman Coliseum. University Parking Services personnel are located at the entrance to this area. Entrance to Coleman Coliseum is from the Second Avenue entrance on Paul Bryant Drive.

Coliseum Entrance: Persons with accessibility needs accommodation needs may enter Coleman Coliseum from the ramp located in front of the Coliseum or at the northeast spiral. The front entrance places you on the main concourse where the accessible seating areas are located. The northeast spiral entrance is at street level from the accessible parking location. If using the northeast entrance, take the elevator to the main concourse level.

Coliseum Seating: Accessible seating for those using wheelchairs or other mobility aids is on the main concourse level. These areas are open to guests on a first-come, first-serve basis. One person may accompany the individual requiring accessible seating. Additional accessible seating is located at the various portal entrances into the arena. Look for the wheelchair-accessible symbol on the end of the chair rows.

Wheelchair/Mobility Aid Availability: Family members, guests and degree candidates in need of wheelchairs or other mobility aids should make provisions to bring those with them to Coleman Coliseum. Wheelchairs and other mobility aids are not provided at Coleman Coliseum or at the CrimsonRide locations.

Auditory Assistance: Accommodations for those who are deaf or hard of hearing will be provided in the form of an American Sign Language interpreter who will be located on the commencement stage. The interpreter will appear on the jumbotron in the arena.

Emergencies: Emergency medical assistance is located in the southeast corner of the main concourse level. Assistance is also available through the University of Alabama Police Department at 205.348.5454. UAPD officers are stationed in Coleman Coliseum before and during the ceremony.

Degree Candidates: A wheelchair lift is available to access the commencement stage.

Degree candidates or guests requiring any further accessibility related accommodations or with questions regarding the ceremony should contact the Division of Strategic Communications directly at 205-348-2749 or commencement@ua.edu.

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