What If It Rains?


What If It Rains?

We’ve been carefully monitoring the weather forecast for Commencement weekend. Rain is predicted to begin Friday evening and Saturday’s forecast calls for a 90 percent chance of rain, coupled with unseasonably low temperatures and wind. For the safety and comfort of our community members and the many guests we will welcome to campus, our 2017 Commencement ceremony will be held in Simon Forum.

Though the ceremony will be indoors, this change of venue does not affect:

This change does affect parking for all guests, which will be offsite at Giralda Farms, located 1/4 mile west of the Drew University campus.

  • Signs will direct you to Giralda Farms from both directions on Madison Avenue.
  • Once you enter Giralda Farms via the Madison Avenue entrance, signs will direct you to the parking site.
  • Buses will leave the parking area at Giralda Farms as they fill and will return approximately every 15 minutes or less.
  • Attendants at the bus pick-up area will be available to answer any questions and to assist in any way possible.
  • Buses will be available for return to the parking area at Giralda Farms from the Forum circle on the Drew University campus.
  • Buses will be available throughout the ceremony to return to the parking area at Giralda Farms.
  • Pick-up at Giralda Farms will begin at 7:15 a.m.; the last bus will leave the Forum circle at Drew for return to the parking area at Giralda Farms at 3 p.m.

If assistance is needed at any time, please call Drew’s service response desk at 973-408-3510.

Please ask your guests to plan appropriately.

On Commencement day, traffic on N.J. Route 124 through Madison, Morristown and Chatham will be heavy, especially in inclement weather. Please consider carpooling to reduce traffic congestion.  

If you or your guests have already arranged for special needs seating and parking, those are still reserved for you.

Will my family, friends and I need tickets if the ceremony is held indoors?

No. Our seating capacity is approximately 3,000 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.

If you have already arranged for special needs seating and parking with Public Safety, those are still reserved for you. Also, the live video of the ceremony will be streamed to various locations around campus, some with overflow seating, as well on the Commencement homepage.

Where will the receptions after the ceremony be held if it rains?

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.

Where will we robe if it rains?

All robing sites, regardless of the ceremony location, are in the Simon Forum and can be found here.

What if we cannot be at the ceremony in person?

A live video of the ceremony will be available, rain or shine, and can be viewed from anywhere. We will also stream the ceremony to screens in LC 28 and LC 30 in the Library, as well as the lounge areas of the Ehinger Center and the Commons (standing room only), for friends and family that are on-campus but not at the ceremony itself.

Any updates to this rain plan will be sent via email to the community and posted on the Drew homepage, at the Commencement site and on our Twitter and Facebook feeds.

Thank you very much for your cooperation and congratulations to the Class of 2017!