Inclement Weather Plan for Graduates
While Commencement is a bright milestone, the weather may be unfavorable during Spring Commencement.
If Commencement cannot be held in Alumni Stadium due to inclement weather, the ceremony must be canceled. No indoor facility on campus can accommodate the graduating class and 5,000 guests. Every reasonable effort will be made to hold Commencement as planned.
If it is raining or rain is forecast on Commencement day, graduates and guests should come prepared with appropriate rain gear. Ponchos, raincoats and something to cover wet bleachers are advised for guests. Umbrellas are permitted in Alumni Stadium, but their use during the ceremony is discouraged.
If weather is severe enough (heavy rain, thunderstorms, tornado watch/warning) to necessitate a delay in the start of the Ceremony, instructions will be announced on site to graduates and guests. After delaying the ceremony for as much as one hour, if the forecast indicates no change in the severity of the weather, cancellation of the ceremony will be announced. Instructions will also appear on the website.
If the ceremony is underway but is interrupted by severe weather, graduates and guests should follow instructions as announced. It is advised that you prearrange a meeting place with your family and guests in case the ceremony is canceled.