Storm Plan

Commencement Storm Plan

In the event of severe storm conditions, the storm plan will go into effect. There is a storm plan for Baccalaureate and a storm plan for Commencement. If the plan is enacted, it will be announced on the Brown University home page, a message will be recorded on (401) 863-3100, and a text sent to all graduating students' cell phones.

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If the Commencement Storm Plan is enacted for Sunday ...

The Commencement procession will be cancelled. The College and University Ceremonies will be combined into one and will be moved indoors and begin at 12:00 pm.

Undergraduates should report directly to the Pizzitola Sports Center by 11:30 am.

Parents and guests of undergraduates should go to Salomon Center (videocast), Sayles Hall (videocast) or Meehan Auditorium (videocast) for a broadcast of the University Ceremony. Should graduating students decide to pass through the Van Wickle gates, they will remain open until 6:00 pm on Monday.

Medical School degree recipients and their families should report to the First Unitarian Church at 10:30 am. For more information about the Medical School Commencement ceremony, please visit their site here.

Graduate Students: By 9 a.m., Ph.D. candidates should report directly to the ground level of Lyman Hall and master’s recipients should report to the basement of Metcalf Research Laboratory. They will line up for a short procession to the Graduate School ceremony on Simmons Quadrangle.  Guests of graduate students should go to the tent on Simmons Quadrangle for the 10:15 a.m. ceremony; additional seating is available in Metcalf Friedman Auditorium and in MacMillan Hall 117 and 115, with viewing by simulcast. The ceremony may also be viewed by webstreaming.