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Inclement Weather

In the event of inclement weather, the location of the commencement ceremony will NOT change from Memorial Field (the Quadrangle) on the Main Campus. The Commencement Ceremonies will be held outside, rain or shine. Please dress appropriately for the weather conditions.


It is possible that the weather will be unseasonably warm. The university will set up water coolers around the seating areas.


If it is raining, we will distribute ponchos with the programs. Umbrellas are not permitted because they block the view of others, the spokes can be dangerous, and they divert rain onto others seated adjacent or behind.


In the unlikely event of dangerous weather, the outdoor ceremony will be cancelled, and graduates will be invited to University Center where there will be an opportunity to take photographs with President Wollman.


If there has been a lot of rain the week before commencement, the ground will be soft. Heels are NOT recommended, seriously.


The commencement ceremony will be broadcast live through closed-circuit coverage in air-conditioned viewing rooms in Founders Hall, Freedom Hall, Alumni Auditorium, and, in the case of rain, rooms on the first floor of Academic Center North.


Widener will webcast the entire commencement ceremony live on the Internet on this commencement website. Family and friends who cannot attend in person should log-on early to ensure a good connection.