Rain or Severe Weather

Commencement exercises will be held on the College Green, rain or shine. Please bring raincoats and umbrellas if appropriate. Umbrellas are only permitted when there is heavy rain.

Communication of venue changes, delays, or cancellations:

Information on severe weather plans will be communicated via:

The websites and phone number listed above will be updated throughout Commencement weekend.

Severe Weather Plan

Our ceremony is held outdoors, and the safety of our graduates, families, and guests is our priority. In the highly unlikely case of lightning, hail, or dangerously high winds, a severe weather plan will be implemented.

In order to place into motion all the services needed to support a change to the ceremony, any determination to implement the severe weather plan will be made on Saturday, the day before Commencement. An email communication will go out on Saturday to all graduating students informing them of the severe weather plan.

If the severe weather plan is implemented, bachelor and advanced degree candidates, the platform group, and marching faculty will report to the Leede Arena for the ceremony. Family and guests will NOT be permitted in Leede Arena.

Each graduating student will receive four (4) Remote Viewing Tickets when they pick up their cap and gown (see Academic Regalia for location and times). We encourage all family and guests to stay in their hotels or other accommodations and watch the ceremony live online. However, those with tickets who wish to watch on campus from remote viewing locations should report to the remote viewing location printed on their tickets. It is imperative that any guests over and beyond the four (4) with tickets stay at their lodging accommodations, as there are not enough seats within the remote viewing locations for all visiting guests.

In addition to remote viewing:

  • A live video webcast of the ceremony will be available on Commencement Sunday, at 9:00 am. Please visit the Dartmouth homepage to watch
  • The ceremony can also be viewed on local access television (CATV 8 or CATV 2)
  • DarTV stations will carry the live ceremony broadcast (DarTV is broadcast in residence halls; see Hall Clerk for location of TV within the cluster)
  • A professionally edited video of the webcast will be available online for viewing or downloading. 

Shuttle bus service will be provided from the Dewey, Thompson, and Ledyard lots on Sunday from 6 am to 2 pm. The shuttle route runs along Park Street and Wheelock Street, with a stop at the corner of the Green at College and Wheelock Streets (between the Hopkins Center and Hanover Inn). 

For remote viewing accessibility information, please contact Conferences & Events via email or by calling (603) 646-2923.