The University will monitor the weather closely and will make a decision by 7 a.m. on Sunday, May 8, as to the site of the Commencement ceremony. If the sun is shining, note that there is not much shade on Main Lawn. If the weather forecast is for showers, the ceremony will still be held outdoors. Please plan accordingly. The ceremony will be live streamed to the Shattuck Music center and Library classroom for guest who may wish to escape the weather and return back outside when it is time for their graduate to cross the stage.
If the forecast calls for storms including lightning, one of two plans will be put into action, depending on the predicted timing and duration of the storm. If the storm is moving quickly, the start time of the ceremony may be delayed to allow the storm to pass. If the storms are more severe, the ceremony will be moved inside Van Male Field House.
If it begins to storm during the ceremony, listen carefully for instructions from the platform. Shattuck Music Center and the Campus Center will be shelters from the rain.
If the ceremony must be held indoors, the alternate location is Van Male Field House. Notices will be posted on the Commencement homepage, in the Campus Center, Shattuck Music Center and Van Male Field House. Doors open at 9:30 a.m. and tickets are required for admission (each graduate will receive up to three guest tickets).
If there ceremony is moved indoors, handicap accessible parking will be reserved in the Otteson parking lot, closest to Van Male Field House.
Seating is reserved for graduates, faculty, honored guests and those with disabilities by request. Able-bodied guests are requested to sit in the bleachers so main floor seating can be used for those guests who might have difficulty with bleacher seating. All guests are requested to fill in rows to accommodate as many guests as possible. Baby strollers, car seats and carriers take up too much room, and should be left behind.
For guests without tickets, live, large screen viewing of the Commencement Ceremony is available in Shattuck Music Center and Library classroom. Graduates will line up for the ceremony there, so guests are asked to wait in the lobby or proceed to the balcony until graduates have exited the auditorium. They may then be seated where they choose.