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.

Baccalaureate

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.

Commencement

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 disributed by the Office of Conferences and Special Events (CASE) as follows:

Thursday, May 16 
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. in front of the Bookstore in the HUB

Friday, May 17
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. in front of the Bookstore in the HUB

Saturday, May 18
9 a.m. - 3 p.m. in CASE (Room 117 in Allison Hall)

Any tickets not picked up by 3 p.m. on May 18 will be forfeited.  

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 at the time of pick-up.

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 Great Hall
  • Althouse 106*
  • Stern Center: Great Room and Room 102*
  • Bosler: Atrium and Room 208*
  • 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.