Disability Access at UCLA

For information regarding Disability Access at UCLA please visit www.accessweb.ucla.edu.

UCLA Commencement-specific Disability Resources 

If you are a graduating UCLA student and would like to inquire about the services available to you for Commencement, please contact the Center for Accessible Education (CAE) to discuss your needs and make your request.

In the absence of a ramp or permanent lift, the University has a portable wheelchair lift to assist students needing access to a stage for graduation. Please contact the CAE to learn more.


Accessible parking is available for disabled and elderly persons near most venues in many parking structures and lots. All vehicles must have a UCLA parking permit and, if parking in areas reserved for disabled or elderly persons either a DMV handicapped plate or placard or a UCLA Center for Accessible Education-issued identification card. Parking permits, which cost $12, are available through UCLA Transportation and the UCLA Central Ticket Office prior to Commencement Weekend and at Parking/Information Booths on the day of Commencement. The fee is $9 for those with any state-issued handicapped plate or placard.

The Center for Accessible Education will begin distribution of Parking Identification cards in May. Please call (310) 825-1501, or stop by the office at A-255 Murphy Hall.

Drop Off Spots

Drop-off spots may be much closer to many of the venues. Please see the chart below. Vehicles cannot park at drop-off spots longer than required to load or unload passengers.


VenueDrop-OffParking Suggestions
Dickson PlazaFlagpole between Haines and
The Humanities Building
Portola Plaza 
Franklin D. Murphy
Sculpture Garden
Macgowan Bus Turnaround

Parking Structure 3

Dickson Court North

Access Road near Haines

Portola Plaza
Wilson PlazaNear the entrance to Parking Structure 4

Parking Structure 4

Pauley Pavilion

Parking Structure 7, south end (and use the elevator)

Parking Structure 7 or top level of Parking Structure 8

(Lot A, behind Murphy Hall, serves as a backup parking area in case Portola Plaza is full.) 


All Commencement venues are ADA Compliant and wheelchair seating is available at all Commencement venues.

Royce Hall has wheelchair seating in the rear of the auditorium.

Wheelchair seating is provided in the Dickson Courts along the inside aisles. Dickson Court South (close to Schoenberg) has four ramps, one at each corner. Dickson Court North (close to Perloff) has three wheelchair ramps; all corners except the one closest to the flagpole.

Wheelchair Rentals 

Due to the size of the campus and the possibility of attending numerous events, quests with mobility issues may want to consider using a wheelchair the weekend of commencement.

  • Horton & Converse, about a mile from campus, has wheelchairs available for rent: 11600 Wilshire Blvd. (at Federal Ave.), 310 478-0801 www.hortonandconverse.com
  • Pico Medical Rentals, a little bit further away, also has wheelchairs available for rent: 6035 W. Pico Blvd (near S. Crescent Heights), 323 936-4104 www.picomedical.com.


If you are a graduating student that requires sign language or captioning interpretation at your ceremony, please contact the Center for Accessible Education at the numbers below. If you are coming to Commencement as a guest/family member of a graduate and require interpretation services, you will need to contact the specific department or school that is presenting the ceremony you are attending to request this service. You can find departmental links for each of the ceremonies on the commencement schedule.

Center for Accessible Education A-255 Murphy Hall 
(310) 825-1501 – general 
(310) 267-2004 – mobility assistance 
(310) 267-2005 – deaf and hard of hearing services 
(310) 825-9656 – fax