Inclement Weather Contingency Plan

Butler University administration will monitor the weather the week leading up to commencement. Depending on the severity of the weather, there are several possible ceremony scenarios:

  • The ceremony may continue as scheduled in the Butler Bowl, outdoors. (Free ponchos will be available for every guests seated in the Butler Bowl.)
  • The ceremony may by delayed (by four hours) and continue in the Butler Bowl, outdoors.
  • The ceremony may be moved indoors into Clowes Memorial Hall.

If the ceremony moves indoors, it will be split into two ceremonies. At each ceremony, students will process with their college, sit together as a class, and cross the stage to receive their own individual diplomas.

  • The first ceremony would begin at 10:00 a.m. and would feature the following colleges and graduates: College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, College of Education, and College of Communication.
  • The second ceremony would begin at 3:00 p.m. and would feature the following colleges and graduates: College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, College of Business and Jordan College of the Arts.

All graduates will receive three inclement weather-designated tickets to be used in the event that the ceremony is moved indoors to Clowes Memorial Hall. Additional guests will be directed to designated viewing locations throughout campus. Accessible and wheelchair accessible seating is available at Clowes Memorial Hall and the Atherton Union, Reilly Room as needed.


On Commencement Day, May 10, 2014, the University will notify graduates and guests of the ceremony's location and time through the following vehicles: Butler Twitter accounts (@ButlerU, @LevesterJohnson); the University website (; and the graduating class email listserv. Graduates and guests may also call 317-940-6200 to hear a pre-recorded message about the day's plan.