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Commencement Canceled Due to Inclement Weather

The 2015 university-wide Commencement ceremony has been canceled due to inclement weather and nearby lightning. We share in your disappointment and congratulate our graduates on their many accomplishments.

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The University regretfully must cancel tonight’s 8 p.m. commencement ceremony due to inclement weather.

The earlier lightning impeded commencement production staff from completing necessary preparations. In addition, storms and lightning are forecast for the hours leading up to and during the ceremony.

We hope to continue with the fireworks display at 10 p.m.

Convocations at individual colleges and schools today, May 23, are proceeding as planned, but it has been determined that moving forward with the outdoor, campus-wide event could create conditions that are unsafe for attendees.

“We share in the deep disappointment that cancellation will cause our graduates and their families,” said President Bill Powers. “We made every effort to stage the 2015 commencement as planned. We are very disappointed that we cannot proceed under this evening’s severe weather conditions. I want to personally convey my congratulations to all of this year’s graduates, and my thanks to our commencement speaker, Darren Walker.”