Special Accommodations

The college endeavors to meet the needs of all groups attending the commencement ceremony.  This page offers information you may find helpful.


Limited handicap parking will be available in certain designated lots for those in need of special parking. Spaces will be provided on a first-come, first served basis. When these reserved lots are full, parking will be available in the regular parking areas. You will be directed to a lot and must have a state issued handicap plate or placard.

A shuttle system is designed to transport folks, with our without special needs from the various parking lots to the McKeon round-a-bout. Additionally, a number of golf carts will be available from the round-a-bout to the Stadium entrance for those with special needs.


Special disability seating is reserved on the field level. These individuals must be seated 30 minutes prior to Commencement, that is, no later than 9 am. Please note that one family member may accompany the person with special needs; however, the rest of the family will need to sit in the stands.

Sign Language Interpreters

Please notify the Commencement Office by Friday, April 7, 2017 if your family needs a sign language interpreter. Call the commencement office at (925) 631-8300 or e-mail commencement@stmarys-ca.edu. Reserved seating will be made available for you.