What If It Rains?
We hope the weather will cooperate so we can hold our Commencement ceremony outdoors and will make determinations as late as possible. We will also wait until it is necessary to decide if family and friends will be able to park on campus or if we will be utilizing a nearby parking facility and shuttle service. In the case of heavy rain, we will hold the ceremony in Simon Forum.
We strongly prefer to hold our celebration of the Class of 2018 outdoors, and in the case of light rain or scattered showers, we are prepared to supply ponchos for our graduates. We advise all participants and visitors to plan appropriately, especially regarding outerwear and footwear.
No. Our seating capacity is approximately 3,500 seats for both indoor and outdoor venues, so your family and friends will not need tickets for Commencement. Out of consideration for others, please use discretion in the number of guests you invite to ensure that others may share in the celebration. Seating in either location will be open at 9 a.m. and will be on a first-come, first-served basis.
Overflow seating and additional viewing of the ceremony will be available through livestreaming in various locations around campus and anywhere where there is an internet connection. Only guests with visible disability parking placards or license plates will be granted access to disability parking, which is available on a first-come, first-served basis. You can find more information here.
The reception locations have been planned for indoor locations regardless of weather, so these celebrations will not be impacted by inclement weather. You can find those locations listed here.
All robing sites, regardless of the ceremony location, are in the Simon Forum and can be found here.
A livestream of the ceremony will be available, rain or shine, and can be viewed from anywhere. We will also streaming the ceremony to screens in Crawford Hall in the Ehinger Center and LC 28 in the Library for friends and family that are on-campus but not at the ceremony itself.
We will continue to communicate with you about the location of our Commencement ceremony and parking over the next several days.