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Weather Plan Notifications

In the event of inclement or severe weather, the University will announce the weather plan using: 

Finals Weekend Weather Plans

On both Saturday and Sunday morning, announcements regarding the weather plan will be made by no later than 7:30 a.m. For Saturday and Sunday, there are three possible weather plans that may be followed:

  • Fair Weather: Weather conditions are ideal. Little to no rain. Final Exercises ceremony will be held on the Lawn.
  • Inclement Weather: In the event of rain without the presence of thunder, lightning, high winds, or other unsafe conditions, Final Exercises will be held on the Lawn.

  • Severe Weather: If thunder, lightning, high winds, or other dangerous conditions are present, Final Exercises will be moved to the John Paul Jones Arena. Doors will open at 8 a.m. Graduating students should arrive at the arena by 8:45 a.m. and proceed directly to the seating area on the main floor of the arena. Only guests with barcoded tickets will be allowed entry into the arena. Graduating students and faculty do not need a ticket as long as they are wearing their cap and gown. If the ceremony is moved inside, please allow extra time for arrival since traffic will be congested around John Paul Jones Arena.


Last Updated: June 24, 2020