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Inclement Weather Information

The Howard University Commencement Convocation is scheduled for Saturday, May 14, 2005 at 10:00 a.m., on the Upper Quadrangle of the main campus. To ensure a festive occasion, rain or shine, the University has developed plans in the event of inclement weather.

If the forecast is for threatening weather, we recommend that beginning on Friday morning, the day before Commencement, you tune in to Howard University’s WHUR Radio, 96.3 FM or turn on Howard’s WHUT-TV Channel 32 for updates on information regarding the inclement weather plan. You may also call our Commencement hotline at 202-806-2166 (for local calls) or 1-877-482-6699 (for toll-free long distance calls). Up-to-date advisements will also be available on the Commencement 2005 Web site at

Each graduating senior will receive two (2) tickets for special guests seating on the Upper Quadrangle. These tickets will be valid for special guests seating, rain or shine. If the weather permits, the ceremony will be held outdoors on the Upper Quadrangle as planned. If there is only a threat of inclement weather or overcast conditions, prospective graduates should proceed to the Greene Stadium and follow the instructions of the faculty marshals on the field. In the event of inclement weather, the following conditions will govern our proceedings.

Inclement Weather Plan:

Under our inclement weather plan, the Convocation will be held in the John H. Burr Gymnasium, 6th and Girard Streets, NW. If there is inclement weather (rain showers or thunderstorms) the morning of the event, all prospective graduates should report immediately to the Burr Gymnasium and be seated by 7:30 a.m. Ticketed and unticketed general admission guests should immediately report to the simulcast viewing locations, which are distributed across the main campus. These locations are identified later in this letter.

If weather conditions are such that the Commencement Convocation must be held indoors, an announcement will be made via Howard University’s radio and television stations. Also, information updates will be available at information booths, and from host/hostesses who will be stationed around the Convocation Arena.

Intermittent Showers:

If the weather forecast calls for the possibility of intermittent showers, the University will proceed with an accelerated Commencement Convocation on the Upper Quadrangle (on time start or weather delayed), unless heavy rain, thunder and lightning make that plan unfeasible.

Simulcast Viewing Sites

The University has limited indoor seating to accommodate all guests in the unlikely event that we must implement the Inclement Weather Plan . Given the large prospective graduating class and the increased number of guests anticipated for this year’s Commencement, seating for simulcast viewing will be limited. Space will be made available at the simulcast viewing locations on a first-come, first-served basis until all designated University facilities have reached their optimum allowable capability.

The simulcast viewing sites on campus are listed below:

  • Blackburn Center
    • Ballroom
    • Auditorium
    • Forum
    • Reading Room
    • Punch Out
    • Cafeteria
  • College of Medicine, Room 3019
  • Cramton Auditorium
  • Andrew Rankin Memorial Chapel
  • School of Business Auditorium
  • School of Engineering Smart Classroom (Mackey Building)
  • Ira Aldridge Theatre

Attached is a campus map that indicates the location of the above-referenced buildings.

WHUT-TV, Channel 32 and WHUR Radio, 96.3 FM Broadcasts

In the event of inclement weather, graduates are asked to encourage their guests to view the Commencement Convocation on WHUT-TV, Channel 32, or listen to the broadcast on WHUR Radio, 96.3 FM. Both University broadcast outlets will carry the ceremonies live, whether they are held on the Upper Quadrangle or in Burr Gymnasium. A webcast of the Commencement Convocation can also be viewed at:

The University is making every effort to accommodate as many guests and visitors as possible in the event of inclement weather. If we are forced to implement our Inclement Weather Plan for the 137th Commencement exercise, we ask for your cooperation, consideration, and patience.

Thank you for your continued support of the University’s efforts to make this a most successful and enjoyable Commencement ceremony.

H. Patrick Swygert