Does the Commencement ceremony occur in the event of inclement weather (thunder, lightning, heavy rain)?
Butler administration will monitor the weather the week leading
up to Commencement. If there is a decision to delay the start of
the ceremony or move Commencement to another day, we will notify
graduates through the following vehicles: Butler Twitter accounts
(@Butler U, @LevesterJohnson); University
website (www.butler.edu); and the
senior class listserv. Graduates and guests may also call
317-940-6200 to hear a pre-recorded message about the day's
Are umbrellas allowed at the ceremony?
In the case of rain, ponchos will be provided by the
University. Please be considerate of others if you choose to
use your umbrella when seated near other Commencement
How long will the ceremony last?
The ceremony traditionally lasts approximately three hours from
beginning to end. In the event of inclement weather, the
ceremony may be shortened to exclude student's individual conferral
of degrees, and diploma distribution will be moved to the Efroymson
Family Gym (formerly known as the West Gym).
Where do graduates report for the Commencement Ceremony?
Graduates assemble in the Efroymson Family Gym (formerly known
as the West Gym) located at the west end of Hinkle Fieldhouse by
9:00 a.m. Signs will designate each college. Please find the seat
with your name on it and sit down; attendance will be taken.
You must be seated by 9:15 a.m. or your name will not be read
during the ceremony. Honors cords will be distributed in the gym.
(The gym will be unattended during the ceremony, so please give
your valuables to a friend or family member before reporting for
the procession.) Please turn off your cell phones.
What is appropriate dress for Commencement?
Family members and other guests are encouraged to dress
comfortably for the weekend, taking into account the ceremony is
outdoors. Most guests dress up (in what might be worn to a
religious service, for example) for the Baccalaureate service and
Commencement ceremony, but there is typically a wide range of
attire for those events. Shoes appropriate for walking in grass are
May I wear stilettos, heels, pumps, or high heeled shoes onto the Butler Bowl field?
High heeled shoes are strictly prohibited on the turf of the
field. Graduates will not be permitted to participate in the
ceremony wearing high heel shoes.
How do I access the Commencement ceremony video?
Is wheelchair rental available?
Yes, please visit the Information Tent immediately within
entrance to the Butler Bowl.
Is water available during the ceremony?
Water stations will be available in the Butler Bowl.