Spring Commencement Disability Access


Graduation begins promptly at 9:45 AM on Saturday May 7th, 2016 at the Savannah Civic Center in the Martin Luther King Arena. Plan to arrive very early (around 8:30 AM) so you can park nearby and be comfortably seated before the huge crowd arrives. Once the ceremony starts, graduates and faculty are marching into the arena and latecomers have long delays and limited assistance in gaining entrance and being seated.There is an alternate entrance on the east side of the Civic Center right off the parking lot that allows you to directly enter and exit the arena floor, near disability seating. We strongly urge you to use this door so you can shorten your route and avoid having to go up the long ramps, into the crowded lobby and then have to use the wheelchair lift to take you from the lobby down to the arena floor. Look for the small open door near the sidewalk.  We will place a large blue disability sign next to this door and be there to assist you.

You will be seated behind the faculty on the left and right sides of the arena floor. Chairs can easily be moved around to accommodate any equipment you have. The graduates are seated in the middle of the arena floor. The ceremony usually lasts two hours. Accessible bathrooms are in the halls surrounding the arena floor.

Because our disability seating space on the arena floor is very limited, we respectfully request that only one person accompany each person with a disability in this section. This assures that there is space for everyone who must have it. We must leave ample aisle space for the grads and faculty to process in and out.

We suggest you pre-arrange a place to meet with your graduate after graduation is over. The lobby is extremely crowded after the ceremony. Many guests just plan to stay seated and have their graduate return to them. You can follow the blue signs back to the alternate exit.

If you have any questions prior to graduation, please call Kelly Woodruff, Director of Disability Services, at (912) 344-2744. We welcome you and hope you enjoy this wonderful day in your graduate’s life!