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Inclement Weather Plan

The university-wide Commencement ceremonies and the School of Nursing Convocation take place rain or shine.

Certain weather conditions—such as lightning or flash flooding—may require shortening, rescheduling or cancelling of an outdoor Convocation. The Special Events Office works closely with members of the University's safety team and local meteorologists in making the determination to shorten, cancel or postpone a Convocation and strives to give as much advance notice as possible.

In the event of a forecasted change in schedule, it will be announced:

  • as an alert on the University website homepage

  • by way of a text and email sent through the “Rave” notification system

  • on the University phone hotline, at 973-655-7810

  • on the main University Twitter and Facebook accounts

In the event of a sudden change in weather or forecast while a Convocation is underway, immediate cancellation may be announced from the stage.

In both situations, further details will be announced by the respective school/college on its website and by way of an email to students and faculty.