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Disability Accommodations

The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health is committed to promoting the full participation of all individuals with disabilities in the Convocation Ceremony. Below is information pertaining to the ceremony and the accommodations made for individuals with disabilities.


Handicap parking is available on a first-come, first served basis in the nearby public parking garages; a state-issued license plate or placard is required.

Drop-Off Area

Handicapped drop-off areas are available at the Royal Farms Arena baltimore Street adn Howard Street entrances. If traveling in a group, we would encourage guests to drop off those who have a disability in the drop-off area and then to park in one of the public parking garages in order to allow us to leave open handicap spaces for those who are traveling alone or who need assistance. Click here to view the drop-off areas.


The ceremony will have designated seating areas for persons using wheelchairs. Seating is available for the individual with the disability and up to three companions on a first-come, first-served basis. This seating is located on the level 1 Concourse behind sections 103 and 104. If you need assistance finding seating, please see one of the volunteers or guest services representatives inside the arena.

For other guests with mobility disabilities, it is strongly recommended that you arrive early to ensure you are able to find a seat that meets your needs. Should you need assistance, please see an usher or volunteer.

Elevators are available on the Southeast and Southwest comers of the buildings. Please see a Royal Farms Arena staff member for assistance upon entering the building.

Closed Captioning

Large screens will project the commencement ceremony and each graduate as he/she crosses the stage, so guests need not sit close to the stage to have a “good seat.” The ceremony will be closed captioned on the large screens on either side of the stage.

Sign Language Interpreters/ Assisted Listening Devices

Sign Language Interpreters are available upon request. Please contact the Records and Registration Office at or (410) 614–5061 by April 24th to request ASL Interpreters or Assisted Listening Devices. In all situations, a good faith effort (up until the time of the event) will be made to provide accommodations.

Alternative Format Programs

Should a guest need the commencement program booklet in an alternate format, such as enlarged print or Braille, please contact the Records and Registration Office at or (410) 614–5061 by April 24. A limited number of large print copies will be available on the day of the event. Please see the ushers for large print copies.

Wheelchair Rentals

For wheelchair rentals/accommodations, please call Northern Pharmacy: