Weather & Safety

Nothing Can Dampen This Celebration

Your graduation is too important to let a little rain put a damper on the celebration! However, the Commencement ceremony can be affected by severe weather, including delays to the start of the event. There are precautions in place to keep everyone safe and comfortable. Understand the safety plan and where to get updates so you can adjust your plans and keep the celebration going forward.

  • The weather in May can be unpredictable in central Indiana, so check the forecast in advance and know what to wear or bring.
  • In the case of rain, free IU ponchos will be provided to graduates and guests to keep you dry.
  • Remember: umbrellas are not allowed to ensure that every guest is comfortable and has a good view of the ceremony.
  • Lightning will result in the immediate suspension of the ceremony, and everyone will be directed indoors to nearby campus buildings.
  • Severe weather may cause a delay in the ceremony start time or postponement to the following day. Check this website and social media channels for details.

In the rare event that a tornado warning is issued, sirens will activate, and you should follow the direction of IUPD and event staff, then proceed to the nearest building's tornado shelter. Do not try to reunite with other guests right away.

Get Event Updates on Commencement Day

Check the Commencement homepage or these other sources: