Severe Weather Plan

In the case of severe weather necessitating implementation of the University’s Severe Weather Plan, the University Commencement Exercises and Commencement Mass will be moved from Notre Dame Stadium to the Joyce Center Purcell Pavilion. Should severe weather threaten, this website will have updated information. If the ceremonies are moved to the Joyce Center or delayed, a message will be sent to graduates using cell phones registered with the ND Emergency Alert system.

If the May 23 ceremonies are moved indoors to the Joyce Center, our priority will be to seat our graduates. In that circumstance, we will unfortunately not be able to welcome any in-person guests.

The May 23 ceremonies will be live-streamed, regardless of if the Severe Weather Plan is implemented.


What constitutes Severe Weather?
Severe weather is considered lightning, high winds, heavy and persistent rain.

When the University says that its Commencement Exercises and Mass will be held outdoors in Notre Dame Stadium on Sunday, May 23 “rain or shine”, what does that mean?
The University plans to host the University Commencement Exercises and Mass in the Stadium even if it is raining or the weather conditions are not ideal. A weather delay is also possible. Only if there is "severe weather" will the event be moved indoors to the Joyce Center and the Severe Weather Plan will be implemented.

If it is raining for the University Commencement Ceremony in the Stadium, can guests, graduates, or faculty use umbrellas?
Umbrellas are allowed in Notre Dame Stadium. Please review the Prohibited Items listing. The University will provide graduates with rain ponchos, and it is also acceptable for each participant to wear their personal rain gear. Guests should come prepared to use personal rain gear if rain is in the forecast.

What if there are dangerous weather conditions?
If there is an immediate threat of dangerous weather conditions, emergency personnel will be deployed to direct graduates and guests to secure building locations. Depending on timing and severity, it is possible that Commencement activities could be delayed or canceled.