Disability Accommodations for Commencement - Hattiesburg


Handicap Parking
Available on the west side of M.K. Turk Circle and on Kay James Drive. It can be accessed from West 4th Street. Kay James Drive can be accessed from M.K. Turk Circle or Montague Boulevard. See Commencement parking map. If you have difficulty finding handicap parking, please ask for assistance.

Shuttle Service
Available to provide transportation from parking on campus to the Reed Green Coliseum. Persons with disabilities should bring their own assistive personal devices (scooters, wheelchairs, walkers, etc.) so they can move independently in the coliseum.              

Drop Off Area for Guests
On the north end (off West 4th Street) of Reed Green Coliseum. University workers will be there to escort guests with mobility problems entering the coliseum. Southern Miss can provide a wheelchair for transportation to and from the drop off area to inside the building.  However, guests needing a wheelchair for seating purposes during the ceremony should bring their own due to wheelchair availability.

Accessible Guest Seating

Guests needing accessible seating are encouraged to arrive at least 1 ½ hours early. Persons with disabilities should bring their own assistive personal devices (scooters, wheelchairs, walkers, etc) so they can move independently in the coliseum.

Graduates Requiring Special Assistance
Students with disabilities requiring special assistance should call the Office for Disability Accommodations at 601.266.5024 one week ahead of time to make arrangements. Then, on the day of graduation, graduates needing assistance in getting to the commencement floor should go the north end (off West 4th Street) of Reed Green Coliseum. University workers will be there to assist you.

Sign Language Interpreting
This service will be available. For those who use sign language, seating can be reserved in the coliseum to get a better viewing angle. Please call the Office for Disability Accommodations at 601.266.5024 one week ahead to make special arrangements.

Other Questions or Information
If you have special needs that are not addressed by the above information, please contact the Office for Disability Accommodations one week ahead to make special arrangements. If you have questions, contact ODA at 601.266.5024.

Individuals with Hearing Impairments: ODA's TTY number is 601.266.6837, or you may use the Mississippi Relay Service at 1.800.582.2233 to contact any campus office.

Questions about Gulf Coast Commencement
If you have special needs for attending or participating in the Gulf Coast Commencement ceremonies, please contact the Department of Student Services at 228.865.4565.