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
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
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 (www.butler.edu); 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.