Commencement Weekend 2019
The latest weather forecasts indicate the possibility of rain Sunday morning. Please be advised that the Commencement ceremony for the Class of 2019 will be held in Hillside Theater, rain or shine, with the processional starting as scheduled at 8:45 a.m.
Because Hillside Theater is an outdoor venue, we ask that everyone dress appropriately for rainy, cool weather and bring a cushion or something dry to sit on. Umbrellas are not permitted inside Hillside Theater. A limited number of rain ponchos will be available for purchase on the morning of Commencement from the Bookstore booth near the main entrance to Hillside Theater. Ponchos may also be purchased at the Bookstore on Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 pm.
Thorne Hall, the College’s 793-seat auditorium, will be open for those guests who prefer to stay dry and watch a livestream broadcast of the ceremony. For the comfort and safety of our guests with limited mobility, in the event of heavy rain, guests in wheelchairs and/or others who need assistance will be invited to watch the ceremony via livestream from the McKinnon Center for Global Affairs in Johnson Hall.
The post-ceremony reception will also be held as scheduled, rain or shine, in the the Academic Quad. If needed, Rush Gymnasium and Lower Herrick will be open for families to gather and eat.