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University of Wisconsin–Madison
December 17, 2017


The commencement ceremony will be fully accessible. Drop-off service and accessible seating arrangements will be available for individuals with disabilities or limited mobility.  Closed captioning will be available on video screens. In addition, ASL interpreters will be on site in a designated area and hearing devices can be requested from the facility.  For more information, please read below.

Graduates who require additional assistance with the ceremony should contact the commencement office directly.  Please let us know as many details as possible to assist us with best addressing your needs.

Kohl Center Accessibility

Accessible Parking

Accessible parking is limited. Read a full description of accessible parking and transportation options for the Kohl Center.

Drop-off Locations

The drop-off location for the Kohl Center is on Dayton Street, directly in front of Gate A, or the main entrance. Guest services personnel will have wheelchairs available for transportation from the Dayton Street drop-off location to the Kohl Center seating area. Wheelchairs are for transportation purposes only and cannot be used for patron seating during the ceremony. Anyone in need of wheelchair services can call Guest Services at 608-263-5645 on the day of the event. Guest Service wheelchairs must remain with staff at all times.

Seating Accommodations

If you or anyone in your party is in need of accessible seating or assistance, we recommend arriving early as the seating will be determined on a first come, first served basis. Accessible seating is limited to only those guests who require it. The seats will be for the person with accessible needs and for one companion. No pre-ticketing will occur for accessible seating.

Wheelchair Seating Locations

Wheelchair and wheelchair companion locations are scattered throughout the main level concourse (Kohl Concourse or 100 level), and the upper level (Kellner Concourse or 200 level).

Entrances and Getting Around

Street-level entry to the building is through Gate A off Dayton Street or Gate B between the Ticket Office and Bucky’s Locker Room. Passenger elevators with priority for persons with disabilities are near Gates A and B. Wheelchair escorts to and from seats and gates are available through Guest Services, located in the Kohl Concourse near Section 119. Due to the high demand during this event, wheelchairs will be provided only for transport purposes.


The 28 public restrooms and six family restrooms are accessible and all contain diaper-changing stations. Two of the restrooms are in the Nicholas-Johnson Pavilion. The restrooms have touchless faucets and flush valves. The family restrooms have floor-mounted urinals. There is a breast feeding room located in the woman’s bathroom near Section 119.  To access, please visit the Guest Services office near Section 119.


All concession stands are accessible; most also have a lower counter section. Public drinking fountains in concourse areas are the hi-low accessible style and are located in Sections 113, 117, 205, 211, 219, and 225.

Hearing Accommodations

The seating area is served by assistive listening devices (ALD) on an FM system. Individuals may pick up headsets at the Guest Services Office near Section 119 and must leave some form of collateral, such as a driver’s license while using the ALD.

Captioning will be available throughout the ceremony and an American Sign Language Interpreter will be located near section 121. Those in need of the interpreter should contact us so that we can set aside seats in that section.

Messages and Emergency Information

Two message boards, located at opposite sides of the bowl, will relay general information and message that are broadcast over the Public Address system. In case of an emergency, strobe lights will help alert the deaf and those who are hard of hearing. Emergency messages will also be posted on the Kohl Center scoreboard.

Contact Information

The Kohl Center
601 West Dayton Street
Madison, WI 53715-1206
(608) 263-5645