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.
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:
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.
Download the Printable Campus Map (pdf) for building locations.