The Longwood University commencement rain plan will only be put in place in the event of extreme conditions, including thunderstorms, tornadoes, or other severe weather events.  The ceremony will be held outside on Wheeler Mall if at all possible.

If the rain plan is put in place, the announcement will be made by Friday if possible, and no later than 6:00 a.m. on the morning of commencement.   Please check this website or call 434.395.2000 for the latest update on commencement and if the rain plan has been activated.

Longwood University Rain Plan

  • Graduates report to Willett Gym by 8:00 a.m. to find your seat.  Graduates will not process.
  • Faculty members report to Willett Hallway with your academic regalia by 8:30 a.m.  Faculty members will process and will be seated on the gym floor.
  • Platform party members report to Willett administrative offices by 8:30 a.m.  Platform party will process and will be seated on the gym floor.

Due to the size of our graduating class, unfortunately, there is no room available for guests of the graduates in Willett Gym. Guests of graduates should proceed to the following locations to view the ceremony by live video streaming:

  • Guests who requested accessible seating should report to Jarman. 
  • The following locations are open to guests:
    • Jarman Auditorium (remainder of seats that are not assigned to those needing accessible seating)
    • Ruffner Building (Blackwell Hall)
    • Hiner Auditorium
    • Jeffers Auditorium
    • Chichester Auditorium
    • Hull Auditorium
    • Wygal Auditorium
    • Bedford Auditorium
    • Lankford Student Union Ballroom
    • Dorrill Dining Hall (Grand Dining Room)

You may also watch the ceremony LIVE on your mobile devices at

Free shuttle service will be provided from 7:45 a.m.-9:15 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.-1:30 p.m. at the following locations:

  • Longwood Village
  • Comfort Inn
  • Days Inn
  • Super 8
  • Sunchase
  • Hampton Inn
  • Hilton Tru
  • Lancer Park
  • Wynne Lot (Signs on Main Street will direct you to Wynne Lot)

INCLEMENT WEATHER PLAN:  If we experience inclement weather during the ceremony, we may decide to move to other locations on campus.  Please note the individualized instructions below depending on your role and listen for an announcement during the ceremony.

Graduates, Faculty, and Platform Party Members -- Rain Only: Remain on Wheeler Mall; Thunderstorms or Severe Weather:  Proceed to Willett Hall.

Guests -- Rain Only:  The ceremony will continue on Wheeler Mall but you may elect to move to one of the following locations to view the ceremony by live video streaming: Jarman Auditorium, Blackwell Hall, Hiner and Hull Building Classrooms, Wygal Auditorium, and Lankford Student Union.  Thunderstorms or Severe Weather:  Proceed to one of the locations mentioned above.

Visit Maps & Directions for a printable campus map.