Every reasonable effort will be made to hold commencement as planned, rain or shine, in the outdoor pavilion.

In the event of severe weather (including lighting or wind gusts over 60 mph), the start of the ceremony may be delayed by up to two hours.  If the weather clears and it is determined that it is safe for the ceremony to begin, commencement will take place in the outdoor pavilion.  If after a two-hour delay there is no change to the severe weather forecast, the ceremony may be cancelled.

A weather delay or cancellation will be broadcast using Lakeland's Emergency Alert system, publicized on, and posted on the Lakeland Emergency Hotline at 440.525.7242.  Graduates and their guests should consult these sources before traveling to campus.

If the ceremony is underway and is interrupted by severe weather, graduates and guests must follow instructions as announced.

Staging Enabled