Severe Weather Plan

Update as of 1:20 pm: BOTH the Graduate and Undergraduate Ceremony has been moved indoors to the Anderson Recreation Center's Field House. Please review the Severe Weather Plan below for important, additional information.



Commencement will be held outdoors in O’Shaughnessy Stadium. Guests are asked to be prepared for the weather. Umbrellas will not be allowed into O'Shaughnessy stadium. Students and faculty participants will be given ponchos to wear over their regalia in the event that the ceremony is held outside.  

In the case of severe or dangerous weather conditions, the ceremony will be moved indoors to the field house, located inside the adjacent Anderson Athletic and Recreation Complex.

To view current weather information, please visit the National Weather Service's website for the 55105 zip code.

Communication

When will the decision be made?
At approximately 6:30 a.m. for the morning commencement and 2:30 p.m. for the evening commencement.

How will we know?
St. Thomas leadership will announce any weather-related location changes, via the commencement website, Facebook, and Twitter. Real-time updates from the university's twitter account are embedded on this webpage. If there is no announcement regarding weather, then plan on an outdoor ceremony. 

Tickets for Attendees

Do I need tickets?
Tickets are only necessary in the event of an indoor ceremony due to severe or dangerous weather conditions. No tickets will be required if the ceremony is held outside in the stadium. Guests should bring their tickets regardless of the weather when they leave. 

How many do we receive?
Students received two tickets for guest seating in the field house when they picked up their caps and gowns. There are more than 1,300 undergraduates and more than 900 graduate students participating in their respective ceremonies. To accommodate seating for all the graduates within the capacity of our indoor facilities, each graduate was issued two tickets to the field house. 

What if we have more guests than tickets? 
See alternative viewing locations below. 

Who needs a ticket for admittance?
Infants and toddlers will not require tickets, if they do not occupy seats. 

Can I bring a photo of my ticket?
Each guest must have the original, physical tickets with them to be admitted to the fieldhouse. Photocopies or smartphone images of original tickets will not be accepted. 

Seating

When do the doors open? The doors to the field house will open at 8:30 a.m. for undergraduate commencement and 4:30 p.m. for graduate commencement.  

When do I need to be seated? All guests must be seated 15 minutes prior to the start of commencement ceremony. Reserving seats for family members in the field house is not permitted. 

What if I am running late? Once the procession begins, guests will be asked to clear the hallways and to remain in the rear of the venue until the graduates are seated. Please arrive when the doors open to avoid having to stand during the procession. Fifteen minutes prior to the start of the procession, ushers may fill in any empty seats with admitted guests who are in need of a seat.

Prohibited Items

  • Umbrellas are not permitted due to visibility and safety concerns. 
  • Strollers  must be left in a designated stroller corral during the ceremony due to limited space in the facilities. Ushers will direct guests to the stroller corral. The corrals will supervised during the ceremony. However, St. Thomas cannot take any responsibility for lost or damaged strollers.
  • Balloons and noisemakers are prohibited at all ceremonies.
  • Alcohol is not to be brought to and/or consumed at the ceremony.
  • St. Thomas is a tobacco-free campus.

Post-Ceremony Reception

The President’s reception will follow commencement in the Anderson Student Center atrium for light snacks and drinks. All are invited. This is also the recommended location for locating your student at the conclusion of the ceremony.

Alternative Viewing Areas

The commencement ceremony will be recorded and streamed live from our website. If you prefer to watch indoors, regardless of weather, an usher will be able to direct you to the designated indoor viewing locations. 

Watch Live Stream Off-Campus
Guests without tickets are encouraged to watch the ceremony streamed live online at the St. Thomas commencement website. Click on the Watch Live tab to watch commencement ceremonies from remote locations. 

On-Campus Viewing Areas
Family members and guests without tickets will be directed by ushers to video viewing sites on campus. Please plan ahead in knowing where these sites are and go directly where these site are located. These are first come first serve. Once the seats are filled, the room will be closed and guests will be directed to another location. 

On-Campus Viewing Areas

North campus

BuildingRoomCapacity
Anderson Student Center (ASC)


202

18

230

8

231

8

233

16

234

16

235

8

236

12

237

12

238

20

240

12

341

24

342

8

343

8

Scooters Dining
(First Floor)
452
Woulfe Alumni Hall
(3rd Floor)
900
Dorsey Way
(2nd Floor Hallway)
 
O'Shaughnessy-Education Center (OEC)

203

38

204

35

302

35

305

28

306

27

308

35

310

25

317

30

319

32

452

32

Auditorium
(First Floor)

622
John Roach Center (JRC)

Auditorium (126)

194

201

30

222

24

227

20

246

24

247

40

301

20

401

35

414

30

481

16

LL01

40
LL62 40

 

South campus

BuildingRoomCapacity
Owens Science Hall (OWS) 3M Auditorium
(Room 150)
144