Severe Weather Policy

The below information is for a typical year. Information about a severe weather plan for May 2021 will be released later this spring.

Planning for the Weather

Except for in cases of severe weather the College will always attempt to hold the Commencement ceremony outdoors. We encourage guests to check the weather on the days leading up to Commencement and to prepare for heat or rain. We suggest dressing in layers and bringing appropriate outdoor accessories, such as sunscreen, blankets or stadium seats and umbrellas. Water stations and cooling tents will be available near the ceremony. Guests are also encouraged to move chairs to where they are comfortable either to a shaded area on the quadrangle or to one of the residence hall porches. The seating area and restroom on the first floor of Shriner Hall will also be open for guests.

Severe weather is defined as conditions that make holding an outdoor ceremony dangerous or impossible. In case of severe weather, Commencement will be moved into the Ronald J. Volpe Athletic Center with additional seating for guests where the ceremony will be live streamed. Locations TBD.

The College will make announcements about weather-related changes to the Commencement ceremony via this webpage, email and social media.


* Commencement tickets are available only to graduates who notify the registrar’s office of their intent to participate in the Commencement ceremony.