Weather Contingency Plans

If weather conditions warrant a change of plans for an outdoor Commencement event, the decision will be made 2 hours prior to the scheduled start. A message will be posted on the University homepage as well as (610) 519-4505 and (610) 519-8882.

College Recognition Ceremonies Severe Weather Contingency Plans

College Recognition Ceremonies will be held outdoors in rain, so please be prepared with umbrellas and rain gear. If it is determined that the weather is too severe (thunder, lightning and heavy rain) to hold an outdoor ceremony, the Recognition Ceremonies will be canceled and graduates should report to the indoor diploma pick up locations to receive their diploma.

Commencement Ceremony Severe Weather Contingency Plans

 Weather Contingency Plans

Should severe weather conditions (thunder, lightning and heavy rain) force the movement of the University Commencement Ceremony inside The Pavilion, the measures below will be in effect. We ask for your patience and understanding should the University Commencement Ceremony need to move indoors.

  • Location: The Pavilion
  • Procession: Graduates will not process indoors, but will sit with their guests.
  • Admittance: Only those in academic attire or with tickets will be admitted.
  • Tickets: Graduates will be given two (2) tickets for guest seating in the Pavilion and two (2) tickets for guests in the Jake Nevin Field House for a live television simulcast.
    Due to fire regulations and building capacity, additional Severe Weather tickets are not available and requests for additional tickets will not be honored.
  • Ticket Distribution: Severe Weather tickets will be distributed to all graduates as part of Cap and Gown distribution in May. Note: If the ceremony is outdoors, as scheduled, tickets are not required.

Commencement Ceremony Simulcast and Webcast Information

In the event of severe weather, there will be first come, first served seating at several additional simulcast viewing locations on campus:

  • Bartley Hall:  Room numbers 1001, 1010, 1011, 2001, 2010, 3001, 3010
  • Connelly Center:  Villanova Room and Cinema
  • Driscoll Hall:  Room numbers 132, 134, 221, 223, 225, 227, 240, 240, 246, 248

The Commencement Ceremony also will be webcast at

Severe Weather Commencement Viewing Locations

Future Commencement Weekend Dates

Year 2015: May 15—16
Year 2016: May 13—14
Year 2017: May 19—20

2013 Commencement Memories

2013 Commencement Memories