In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony may be delayed from its scheduled start if clearing is anticipated within a reasonable period. Announcement of a delayed ceremony will be made as early as possible on Commencement day and made on the Marist web site (www.marist.edu) and the Marist weather hotline, (845) 575-5500. Please check these sources before traveling to campus.
Marist College’s traditional undergraduate Commencement Ceremony is held outdoors, rain or shine, on the Campus Green. Only in the rare event of extreme weather such as dangerous lightning or tornado- or hurricane-like conditions will the College implement the Severe Weather Contingency Plan and move the ceremony into the McCann Recreation Center.
If severe weather is forecast, announcements will be circulated to all local radio stations and made on the Marist web site (www.marist.edu) and the Marist weather hotline, (845) 575-5500. Please check these sources before traveling to campus.
Severe Weather Contingency Plan
Commencement is such an important occasion for graduates and families that the College strives to accommodate as many of your guests as possible. However, there is no indoor facility either on campus or in the Hudson Valley that can hold the approximately 12,000 graduates and guests who attend this event each year.
If hazardous weather conditions prevent us from holding the ceremony outside, the College will implement the Severe Weather Contingency Plan and the ceremony will be moved inside to the McCann Center. This is not a rain plan but rather a plan for dangerous weather only. Announcements will be circulated to all local radio stations and made on the Marist web site (www.marist.edu) and the Marist weather hotline, (845) 575-5500.
Indoor seating is extremely limited. Therefore each graduate is allowed only two guests to view the ceremony, either in the McCann Center or via video live-broadcast from several indoor locations on campus. Two Severe Weather Tickets will be issued to each graduate with his or her line-up card. It is the graduate’s responsibility to distribute these two tickets to his or her guests prior to the ceremony.
Because of space limitations, guests without Severe Weather Tickets will not be admitted to view the ceremony either in the McCann Center or at a closed circuit location. Please note that seating is first-come, first-served for ticket-holders. Once the McCann Center has filled up, ticket holders will be directed to live-broadcast locations. Seating for disabled ticket holders will be available for those who prearranged for disabled seating.
As with outdoor exercises, Marist will have the ceremony professionally videotaped and have professional photographers on hand to capture graduates as they receive their diploma covers.