Severe Weather Plan

The safety of the Dickinson community is the college’s primary objective. In the case of severe weather conditions on Saturday and/or Sunday, the Baccalaureate and Commencement ceremonies will be moved indoors to the Kline Athletic Center. A severe weather plan will be used only in the case of thunder, lightning, high winds, hail or other conditions that make it unsafe to hold the Baccalaureate and/or Commencement ceremonies outside. Rain alone does not constitute severe weather.

In case of severe weather, an announcement will be made by noon on Saturday for the Baccalaureate ceremony and by 7 a.m. on Sunday for Commencement on the college’s homepage. If in doubt, you may call 717-245-1900 for information. Should severe weather conditions exist for either ceremonies, seniors will line up on the mezzanine level of the Kline Athletic Center.


Should severe weather conditions exist, the Baccalaureate ceremony will be held in the Kline Athletic Center, and seniors will line up on the mezzanine level. No tickets are required for the Baccalaureate ceremony, whether indoors or outdoors.


If the ceremony is moved indoors due to severe weather conditions, Commencement will be held in the Kline Athletic Center, and seniors will line up on the mezzanine level. Should the Commencement ceremony be held indoors, a ticketing policy will be in effect. This ensures that if Commencement is held indoors, all attendees will be in a safe environment that is compliant with local fire and occupancy codes.

Indoor Ticketing Policy & Distribution

All graduating seniors will be issued two tickets for an indoor Commencement ceremony. Tickets will be available for pickup in the Office of Conferences and Special Events from Monday, April 30, through Wednesday, May 16. Students who have not picked up or arranged to receive their tickets by 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 16, forfeit their tickets. At that time, all remaining tickets will be considered available, and will be added to the pool of tickets to be redistributed to those students interested in obtaining additional tickets for their guests.

While picking up their tickets, students may enter a lottery for two additional tickets. A drawing will take place on Thursday, May 17. Students will be instructed to pick up their additional tickets immediately. 

If a student needs special seating for his or her guests for an indoor Commencement ceremony, the tickets must be exchanged for special seating tickets in the Office of Conferences and Special Events prior to Wednesday, May 16.

Indoor viewing locations will be available across campus to accommodate all members of a student’s party:

  • Anita Tuvin Schlechter Auditorium
  • Rector: Stafford Auditorium
  • Allison Hall: Great Room
  • Althouse 106*
  • Stern Center: Great Room and Room 102*
  • Bosler: Atrium and Room 208*
  • Dana 110
  • Weiss 235*

The locations distinguished by  Commencement '16 map  will host live streaming of Commencement whether the ceremony is held indoors or outdoors. All locations are handicapped accessible. Remote Viewing Locations Map.

For those who are unable to join us on campus for the Commencement ceremony, a live video feed of the event will be available via the Dickinson website.