Accessibility at Convocation

Accessibility at Convocation

The Office of the Registrar is committed to ensuring that Convocation is conducted in a manner that respects the dignity and independence of persons with disabilities. It is our policy to accommodate all graduates and guests to the extent of our abilities to ensure that Convocation is an enjoyable occasion for all involved. Important information regarding accessibility and convocation is listed below.

  1. Accessibility for Graduates
  2. Driving and Parking Information for Guests
  3. Arrival Times and Accessible Drop-off
  4. Entering the Walker Complex
  5. Accessible Seating
  6. Accessible Washrooms
  7. Elevators
  8. Nursing Staff
  9. Wheelchairs
  10. Requests for Sign Language Services

Accessibility for Graduates

Gowns are available for graduates who utilize wheelchairs, scooters or other mobility devices. The ceremony is held on a ramped stage for both entrance and exit. Staff is available at the ceremony to assist with any other concerns.

For all inquiries, please contact convocation@brocku.ca.

Driving and Parking Information

  • Enter the Brock campus from Glenridge Avenue, exiting the traffic circle onto University Road East.
  • Accessible parking for Convocation is provided in B LOT.
  • Follow the sidewalk from B Lot, and cross in front of the Student Health Services building.
  • Campus security will have staff available to direct traffic and assist pedestrians.

A campus map, complete with driving and parking routes for convocation, can be found at:
brocku.ca/webfm_send/17817

Additional information about accessible parking for students, faculty/staff or visitors/guests is available from Parking Services at x4309.
brocku.ca/parking-services/contact-us
 

Arrival Times and Accessible Drop-off
It is strongly recommended that guests arrive one and one-half hours prior to the ceremony to ensure that seating is available.

An accessible drop off area is designated directly in front of the Walker Complex. A representative from Campus Security will be on location to assist with the traffic.

To view this location on a campus map, please access the following link:
brocku.ca/webfm_send/17817
 

Entering the Walker Complex
Exterior doors on the outer left side of the Walker Complex entrance will be designated as a temporary accessible entrance and manned by an usher who can permit entry for guests with disabilities.

Guests may also enter the main entrance of the Walker Complex. Once inside proceed up the ramp to the upper level (immediately to the left of the food court), turn left and proceed down the ramp to enter the Ian Beddis gymnasium.

You can view a map of the upper and lower levels, complete with accessibility information, by downloading the following documents:
Walker Complex - Upper Level - brocku.ca/webfm_send/17818
Walker Complex - Lower Level - brocku.ca/webfm_send/17819
 

Accessible Seating
Reserved accessible seating is available for guests with disabilities. Each guest who requires accessible seating is permitted to reserve one additional seat in this section for a designated support person. This allows for the availability of adequate seating for those with the greatest need.

Guests with reserved accessible seating must approach one of the ushers in order to be shown to their seat(s). Ushers are gowned in red robes.

To reserve accessible seating, please email convocation@brocku.ca.

*Please note, reserved accessible seating is located closer to the front of the gymnasium where the ceremony takes place. This area is further away from both the exits and washrooms. If shorter access to the exits or washrroms is required, it may be beneficial to opt for seating in the back of the gymnasium closer to the exit doors.
 

Accessible Washrooms
Female and male accessible washrooms (no power operated door) are located directly across from the Ian Beddis gymnasium. Ushers can assist with directions.

You can view a map of the upper and lower levels, complete with accessibile washroom information, by downloading the following documents:
Walker Complex - Upper Level - brocku.ca/webfm_send/17818
Walker Complex - Lower Level - brocku.ca/webfm_send/17819

Elevators
An elevator is located directly across from the Ian Beddis gymnasium. Ushers can assist with directions.

You can view a map of the upper and lower levels, complete with accessibile elevator information, by downloading the following documents:
Walker Complex - Upper Level - brocku.ca/webfm_send/17818
Walker Complex - Lower Level - brocku.ca/webfm_send/17819
 

Nursing Staff
Please note, nurses are on duty and staffed for the entire convocation ceremony. If you or your guests require the services of a nurse, please notify an usher.
 

Wheelchairs
A courtesy wheelchair is available at the Information Desk, located in the Walker Complex entrance, to assist guests to their seats. The courtesy wheelchair must be returned to this location once a guest is seated.

Guests are welcome to bring their own personal assistive device. However, it is strongly suggested that guests who need a wheelchair or other mobility device in order to attend convocation consider securing a rental for the duration of the day.

Local suppliers include, but are not limited to:

Pharma Shield                                         Niagara Falls        905-356-8482
Cupolo Sports and Rentals                       Niagara Falls        905-356-4850
Dell Lewis & Krall Home Health Care       Welland                905-732-4456
Motion Specialties                                   St. Catharines      905-688-0420
For the Needy - Not the Greedy               St. Catharines      289-296-8079
 

Requests for American Sign Language Translation
Requests for American Sign Language translation services will be provided upon request only. Such requests must be made two weeks in advance of the ceremony. To request American Sign Language translation services, please email convocation@brocku.ca

For any other inquires or assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us at convocation@brocku.ca.

 

 

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