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Inclement Weather Information

Weather-Related Delay at the Start of the Procession

If heavy rain or a thunderstorm is present just before the start of the procession at noon, we will delay the start of Commencement for up to 60 minutes. There could also be a delay between the two ceremonies if inclement weather prevents the start of the second procession of the graduate students back to the Kneller Athletic Center.

Thunderstorms During the Commencement Ceremony

If a thunderstorm is approaching during the first, University-wide ceremony, we will pause the ceremony.

  • All graduate students and faculty will process to the Kneller Athletic Center
  • Graduating seniors will process to the University Center
  • All guests will be asked to go to one of the indoor rain locations noted below.

After the storm has passed, graduating seniors will return to the tent and the ceremony will resume.

Prolonged Hazardous Weather

If hazardous weather approaches and is expected to last for a significant length of time, President Angel will determine how we will conclude Commencement, and that information will be relayed to all students, staff, and guests. University Police Chief Steve Goulet will monitor the weather throughout the program.

Indoor Rain Locations

For Guests of Graduating Seniors

The University-wide ceremony and the undergraduate diploma-awarding ceremony will be broadcast in the following locations:

  • Atwood Hall
  • Academic Commons
  • Jefferson Academic Center 320
  • Jefferson Academic Center 218

Guests of graduating seniors who have made arrangements for handicapped seating should proceed to the Academic Commons in Goddard Library.

For Guests of Graduate School Students

In addition to the guest seating available in the Kneller Athletic Center, the University-wide ceremony and graduate degree-awarding ceremony will be broadcast in the following locations:

  • Sackler Science Center – rooms 120, 121, and 122


Maps of seating locations will be available at all Information Stations.