Storm Plan

Baccalaureate Storm Plan

In the event of the threat of inclement weather on Saturday, the Baccalaureate storm plan will be enacted by 8:00 AM. The decision to move to the storm plan will be communicated via the Brown homepage, the Commencement website, a message will be recorded on (401) 863-3100, and a text will be sent to all graduating students.

If the Baccalaureate storm plan is enacted, the procession on Saturday will be cancelled, but the ceremony will still take place beginning at 2:30 PM as scheduled. Seniors should report directly to the First Baptist Church between 1:30 and 2 PM. Waterman Street will be closed to traffic between the College Green and the Meeting House until 4 PM so that students may walk to and from the church.

Families and guests may view a simulcast of the service in Meehan Auditorium (located on Hope Street at Lloyd Avenue). Hope Street will be closed to vehicular traffic at the athletic complex to accommodate pedestrian traffic into Meehan. Families are strongly encouraged to watch from Meehan as there is ample seating available in this facility. However, more limited seating for the simulcast will be available in the Salomon Center for Teaching and Sayles Auditorium. The doors for all simulcast locations will open at 1:30 PM.

The Baccalaureate Service will also be live streamed on the web at www.brown.edu/web/livestream which can be accessed from most mobile devices. 

Commencement Storm Plan

In the event of severe weather conditions on Sunday, the Commencement storm plan will be enacted by 6:00 AM. The decision to move to the storm plan will be communicated via the Brown University home page, the Commencement website, a message will be recorded on (401) 863-3100, and a text will be sent to all graduating students.

If the Commencement storm plan is enacted, the procession will be cancelled. Should graduating students want to pass through the Van Wickle Gates, they will remain open until 6:00 PM on Monday.

The College and University ceremonies will be combined, moved indoors, and begin at noon.

Undergraduates should report directly to the Pizzitola Sports Center between 11:00 and 11:30 AM. Family and guests of seniors may view a simulcast of the ceremony in Meehan Auditorium, Salomon Center for Teaching, or Sayles Hall. Doors will open at 11:00 AM and seating will be limited in all locations. The ceremony will also be live streamed at www.brown.edu/web/livestream/ which can be accessed from most mobile devices. Diploma ceremonies will be held in the assigned locations following the University ceremony.

Ph.D. recipients should report directly to the ground level of Lyman Hall and master's recipients should report to the basement of Metcalf Research Lab by 9:00 AM to line up for the procession to the Graduate School ceremony on Ruth J. Simmons Quadrangle. Guests of graduate students should go to the tent on Simmons Quad for the 10:15 AM ceremony. The ceremony will be simulcast in Friedman Auditorium (Metcalf Research Lab) and in MacMillan Hall Rooms 115 and 117. Doors will open at 9:00 a.m. in all locations. The ceremony will also be live streamed at www.brown.edu/web/livestream which can be accessed from most mobile devices.

Medical School degree recipients should report directly to the Parish House behind the First Unitarian Church by 10:00 AM for the class photo. The procession will begin lining up at 10:30 AM in the Parish House. Guests of medical students should go to the First Unitarian Church for the 11:15 a.m. ceremony. Doors will open for guests at 10:30 AM. 


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