In the case of inclement weather, if weather conditions appear life threatening (lightning, tornado warnings, etc.), the university’s inclement weather plan will be put in place. This will be posted on the JMU website and announced on the radio at AM 1610. JMU’s public safety department makes this decision. All ceremonies will otherwise be held in rain or shine.

The University Ceremony that is to be held on Friday, May 5, 2017 will be canceled or postponed if the inclement weather plan is enacted. A decision will be made by 12:30 p.m. on Friday, May 5, 2017.

If inclement weather is called for Saturday; the decision will be made by 7 a.m. on Saturday, May 6, 2017. The individual college ceremonies will be held later in the day or moved to indoor venues and times will change. The Commencement Home Page will have updated information should this issue occur. 

May 2016 University Ceremony in the rain.

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