Inclement Weather Plan

If it is raining or rain is in the forecast on Commencement day, graduates and guests should come prepared with appropriate rain gear. Graduates will receive a poncho; it is advised for guests to bring ponchos, raincoats and something to cover the lawn chairs.

In case of severe and/or dangerous weather, the ceremony will be delayed. Please visit stjohns.edu home page for the most up to date information regarding changes to the Commencement ceremony. Graduates will receive a text message on the University’s text messaging system if there is a change to the schedule. If you haven’t already done so, please sign up for the text messaging service via the University Information System.

If the ceremony is underway but is interrupted by severe weather, the ceremony may be abbreviated or cancelled and graduates and guests should follow instructions as announced. It is advised that you prearrange a meeting place with your family and guests in case the ceremony is cancelled.   If Commencement cannot be held on the Great Lawn due to inclement weather, the ceremony will be canceled. No indoor facility on campus can accommodate the graduating class and our guests. Every reasonable effort will be made to hold Commencement as planned.