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Severe Weather Information

Graduation will be held outdoors rain or shine in Goodman Stadium. We highly recommend guests dress for the weather and bring such items as sunglasses, hats, sunscreen, ponchos, raingear, stadium cushions, and comfortable shoes.

In the event of extreme weather conditions that threaten personal safety (such as a severe thunderstorm, lightning, or tornado), two abbreviated ceremonies will take place in Stabler Arena. Students should arrive dressed in their regalia and will be directed to ‘line up’ locations upon entering the lobby. Faculty processing should attend their college ceremony.

The schedule is as follows for Stabler Arena:

10:00 a.m.
College of Arts and Sciences
College of Education
Doors open at 8:30 a.m. Graduating students should arrive at 8:30 a.m.

2:00 p.m.
P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science
College of Business and Economics
Interdisciplinary Degree Programs (IDEAS, IBE, and CSB)
Doors open at 12:45 p.m. Graduating students should arrive at 12:45 p.m.


Due to timing limitations, degrees will be conferred en masse. Individual names will not be read. Diplomas will be mailed to graduates four to six weeks after Commencement to the address they listed when completing their graduation application. Tickets are not required for admission to the graduation ceremony in Stabler Arena.

The decision to move the ceremony will be determined by the President, the Provost, and Athletics Facilities & Events POC. The decision will be made by 6:00 a.m. on Monday, May 18. For weather information, call the University Hotline (610) 758-NEWS or visit

Please note: The weather will be monitored throughout the morning. If threatening weather approaches after 9:00 a.m., attendees will be urged to take cover in Stabler Arena or under the Goodman Stadium stands. Depending on the forecast, the President will be advised to resume or cancel the ceremony.