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Severe Weather Plan

The Severe Weather Plan (SWP) for Commencement will be enacted if the weather is deemed dangerous with torrential downpour, high winds, lightning, and any other unsafe condition to hold the ceremony outside at the stadium.  If it is only raining, the ceremony will remain outdoors at Schoellkopf Stadium.

If severe weather is expected Sunday morning, the ceremony will be delayed or moved indoors.  Details will be announced starting 8:00am at www.cornell.edu.

If Delayed:  The procession and ceremony may be delayed up to 2 hours, then remain outdoors as planned.  Afternoon college event times may adjust, as necessary.

If Moved Indoors (SWP Ceremony):  One indoor ceremony for all STUDENTS ONLY will be held inside Barton Hall at 10:30am, with no procession.  Families may watch the ceremony remotely.  All details of this SWP are outlined below, as many logistics will change.