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Teachers College Accessibility Services

Teachers College is committed to ensuring that all TC Convocation events are accessible to guests, students, faculty, and staff. The Office of Access and Services for Individuals with Disabilities (OASID) works closely with the TC Convocation office to coordinate all disability access and accommodations. During Convocation events, OASID staff, volunteers, and TC Public Safety officers will be on hand to assist guests with disabilities.


Candidates whose disabilities limit their ability to climb stairs or walk a distance should contact the Office of Access and Services for individuals with Disabilities (OASID) as early as possible to discuss appropriate alternative arrangements. Candidates who are deaf or hard of hearing should contact OASID as early as possible to discuss interpreting or speech-to-text services and seating arrangements.


Guests with disabilities are encouraged to contact OASID as early as possible to request reasonable accommodations including, but not limited to, sign language interpreters, wheelchair access, speech-to-text service, Braille or large print programs, and accessible parking passes. Special tickets are required for accessible seating and will be provided in place of general seating tickets for those who request them.

Upon arrival, guests should present their Accessible Seating tickets. An OASID volunteer will escort those guests to the appropriate seating area. Doors will open for guests holding Accessible Seating tickets forty-five minutes prior to the ceremony.

Columbia University Commencement Ceremony / Accessibility Services

Candidates in need of Deaf and Hard of Hearing accommodations who are participating in the Columbia University ceremony on Wednesday, May 21, 2014 are asked to contact the  Office of Access and Services for Individuals with Disabilities through Teachers College, for all other services please contact Columbia University's Disability office.

Columbia University Disability Services coordinates services and accommodations for candidates' guests with disabilities attending or participating in any of the Commencement week ceremonies. Columbia University ceremonies are held in wheelchair accessible venues. Services are available to guests who use wheelchairs, have limited mobility, are elderly and need assistance, and those who need sign language interpretation. During Commencement week events, Columbia University Disability Services staff, Event Hosts, and Public Safety officers will be on hand to assist guests with disabilities.

Graduate Checklist

  1. Determine if you are eligible to graduate.
  2. File an application to graduate with the Registrar (Masters Students Only).
  3. Register for your ceremony.
  4. Purchase or rent Academic Attire.
  5. Contact OASID if you or a guest have needs associated with a disability.