Weather Plans

Weather Plan Notifications

On both Saturday, May 18 and Sunday, May 19, announcements regarding the weather plan will be made by no later than 5:30 a.m.

The University will announce the weather plan using: 


Finals Weekend Weather Plans

Fair-Weather (little to no rain)

  • Final Exercises will be held on the Lawn and specified school/department ceremonies will be held outside.

Inclement-Weather (rain without the presence of thunder, lightning, high winds)

Severe-Weather (thunder, lightning, high winds, or other dangerous conditions)

  • Final Exercises will be moved to the John Paul Jones Arena and all School/Department Graduation Ceremonies will be held indoors.
  • Arena doors will open at 8 a.m.
    • Faculty and graduating students must be wearing academic regalia to gain access to John Paul Jones Arena.
    • Graduating students should arrive at the arena at 8:00 a.m. and proceed directly to the seating area on the main floor of the arena.
    • Faculty should be assembled in the Press Room, which is located on the bottom level of the arena, by no later than 8:30 a.m. (so plan on arriving by no later than 8:15 a.m.)
  • Graduating students will be limited to 3 (three) guests


Updated: December 19, 2023