Weather Contingency Plan

Due to forecasted rain through Saturday and saturated ground conditions, both the Undergraduate (9 a.m.) and Graduate (3 p.m.) Commencement Exercises will be held in Hagan Arena on Saturday, May 19.

Please Note:

Tickets: All graduates will be restricted to two guests, who must present barcoded general admission tickets to enter Hagan Arena. Questions regarding tickets may be directed to the Registrar’s Office at 610-660-2800.


Instructions for graduates: Graduates should report to Hagan Arena by 7:30 a.m. for the Undergraduate Ceremony and 1:30 p.m. for the Graduate Ceremony, and enter through the Athletic Center entrance (doors to the far left).

Students and faculty will gather in the Casciato Basketball Practice Facility (Multipurpose Room) and process from there.

Students and families are encouraged to establish a location to meet after the ceremony outside the Hagan Arena.


Parking: Plan to arrive early, allowing adequate time for parking. Pre-approved handicapped parking will be moved to the Mandeville Hall parking lot.


Streaming locations: Additional seating and viewing locations for guests are available on a first-come, first served basis, in Mandeville Hall, Cardinal Foley Campus Center, Campion Student Center, The Perch, and Merion Hall, where the ceremonies will be livestreamed. No tickets are required for these locations.


Livestream: Additionally, the livestream can be viewed online at


Baccalaureate: The Baccalaureate Mass scheduled for Friday, May 18 at 5:15 p.m. in Hagan Arena will be held as scheduled. No tickets are required for Mass.


While we prefer the outdoor location for Commencement Exercises, the University has made comprehensive plans and preparations for the use of Hagan Arena in the event of severe weather.  It is our intention to provide a memorable, joyous and safe occasion for our graduates and guests. We look forward to celebrating the Class of 2018.