Rock Valley College

Disability Resources for Graduation

Rock Valley College is committed to ensuring its facilities, programs, activities, programs, and services are accessible to everyone.  The following accommodations and resources are available to guests with disabilities who may require disability-related assistance for the  College's Commencement ceremony. 

Request Accommodations

A variety of resources are available for guests with special needs during Commencement. Please submit your request for disability-related accommodations by contacting the Disability Support Services office at (815) 921-2371.  Requests should be made at least two weeks prior to Commencement to ensure the accommodations can be implemented on time:

  • Sign Language & Captioning Services
  • Braille & Large Print Material
  • Use of Wheelchair (manual only)
  • Assistive Listening Devices


If you have a state-issued disability parking placard or plate, you may park in any of the designated handicapped parking spaces on campus. The Commencement ceremony is held in the Physical Education Center (PEC), and there are handicapped parking spaces in both lots 1 and 2A, which are nearest to the PEC building.

In the event that the PEC is filled to capacity, the Commencement overflow site is the Woodward Technology Center (WTC) - directly to the East of the PEC.  Guests may park in either Lot 2A or  2B.

Event Accessibility


There are designated seating areas within the PEC venue for guests who use wheelchairs or are unable to climb multiple stadium steps. The bottom rows of the bleachers are marked with accessible signage for these guests.  In addition, a separate area is reserved on the PEC floor for guests with physical disabilities who use wheelchairs or scooters. Seating is not reserved and companion seating is limited to one companion in this area. Attempts will be made to seat other members of small parties nearby but cannot be guaranteed.  All accessible seating is filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Communication Services:


The Commencement ceremony is interpreted and captioned for guests who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing.  Two interpreters are stationed on the stage (one on each side) during the ceremony.  In addition, live captions are displayed on a screen over center stage. 

General Campus Access

For maps detailing wheelchair accessibility and other disability access information for campus venues, use: Campus Accessibility Map.

Student Requests


Students needing disability-related accommodations for Commencement should contact the Disability Support Services office directly at (815) 921-2371. Accommodations may include:

  • Special Seating
  • Sign Language & Captioning Services
  • Braille & Large Print Material
  • Other Accommodations
  • Assistive Listening Devices