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Commencement 2011

Inclement Weather

The university-wide Commencement ceremony will take place in front of
the Tower, rain or shine, unless inclement weather requires
cancellation of the program to protect the safety of graduates and
their guests.

In the event of rain, small personal umbrellas will be allowed in the
seating area but large "golf" umbrellas are not permitted due to the
density of seating and the impact on sight lines to screens and

If severe and threatening weather arises after the seating
area opens at 5 p.m., graduates and their guests may be instructed to
seek shelter in nearby buildings. Event staff will direct graduates
and their guests to the nearest building (See Diagram 1). If this
occurs while graduates, banner carriers and faculty marshals are
gathered in the marshaling assembly areas, staff will guide
procession participants from each college/school to designated
buildings for shelter (See Diagram 2).

In both circumstances, the start of the program may be delayed. If
possible and as conditions allow, the program would resume. As it is
known, information will be relayed to graduates and their guests.
For up to the minute information about inclement weather on
Saturday, May 21, the following sources will be available:

University Home Page:
Emergency Web Site:
Information Hotline: (512) 232-9999

In addition and as necessary, text messages will be sent to faculty,
staff and students enrolled in the cell phone alert system.