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Commencement is a special time for our graduates and guests. The University of Miami is committed to making all Commencement ceremonies and events accessible to those who need special accommodations. All Commencement ceremonies are held in the BankUnited Center. School and College receptions are held at various locations throughout campus.


The University of Miami does not provide wheelchairs. They may be rented from Bayshore Dura Medical. Call 305-821-1202. Please mention that it is for the University of Miami Commencement ceremony (Rental deliveries available upon request).

For those guests arriving with their own wheelchairs, please park in the Special Needs lot and proceed directly to the Special Needs Entrance at the BankUnited Center.


The Special Needs Parking is located in front of the BankUnited Center, on Walsh Avenue. Handicap Parking Decals or Special Passes are NOT needed. There will be golf carts shuttling guests who cannot walk long distances to and from the BankUnited Center. For more information, contact the Office of Commencement at 305-284-1821.

Please refer to the color coded parking map for the location of your assigned parking area. Shuttle service will run to and from the Pavia Garage and the BankUnited Center. There will also be shuttle service to the University Center and the Bookstore on Stanford Drive. There will be no shuttle service at the Ponce de Leon Garage. Click here for Parking Map.


All seating at the Commencement ceremonies is general seating and on a first-come basis. We recommend that large groups wishing to sit together arrive early although seats together are not guaranteed. To accommodate all of our guests, seats may not be saved.

In addition to the general seating, wheelchair accessible areas are reserved for guests in wheelchairs or who cannot walk long distances. Access to the seating areas is via an elevator in our Special Needs/VIP Lobby Entrance (located right across from the parking lot). Due to space limitations, the number of family members that can be seated in those areas will be limited.