Weather Plans for Commencement

Fall graduate and undergraduate ceremonies

UNC’s graduate commencement ceremony (for those students obtaining their Masters, Specialist or Doctoral degrees) on Friday is held indoors in the Butler Hancock Athletic Center in the Bank of Colorado Arena at at 7:00 p.m. on the UNC campus.

On Saturday, UNC hosts two ceremonies for undergraduate students and the time of these ceremonies is based on the college that the student is graduating from.

There are no additional inclement weather plans for these ceremonies.

Note: Ceremony will be broadcast live through Eversport, the streaming link is available on the Commencement home page.

Spring Graduate ceremony

On Saturday, UNC hosts two ceremonies for undergraduate students and the time of these ceremonies is based on the college that the student is graduating from.

In the spring, UNC’s graduate commencement ceremony (for those students obtaining their Masters, Specialist or Doctoral degrees) on Friday is held indoors in the Butler Hancock Athletic Center in the Bank of Colorado Arena, at 7:00 p.m. on the UNC campus.

There are no additional inclement weather plans for these ceremonies.

Note: Ceremony will be broadcast live through Eversport, the streaming link is available on the Commencement home page.

Spring Undergraduate Ceremony

On Saturday, UNC hosts one undergraduate ceremony outdoors at Nottingham Field beginning at 10:00 a.m.

Northern Colorado’s weather in May can be unpredictable. This includes the possibility of cooler/cold temperatures, snow and conditions that are uncomfortable, but are not a safety risk. If weather conditions outdoors were to worsen, this may result in a shortened outdoor ceremony. When weather is questionable we encourage both students and guests to check for announcements. Please dress and plan accordingly for an outdoor ceremony.

Visit our weather forecast page.

Spring undergraduate ceremony - Inclement Weather

In the case of extreme weather the outdoor ceremony will be moved indoors to the Bank of Colorado Arena in the Butler Hancock Athletic Center. This decision will be announced by 11:00 a.m. on Thursday (two days prior) to the ceremony and will not be reversed. Students will report to the Recreation Center prior to the ceremony for robing, line-up and processional. Ceremony line up will begin 1-hour prior to the start of each ceremony.

NOTE: If an inclement weather announcement is made it will change the start time of graduation ceremonies for all colleges. There will be no exceptions will be made for a student to attend a ceremony other than the one for college they will be receiving their diploma from (see college order below).

If the university makes this announcement, communication will be made through the UNC home page, Commencement home page, In and Around Campus, UNC Today, UNC Snowline (970-351-4100), Twitter, Facebook, email messages to students, and the Greeley Tribune.

IMPORTANT: Doors for each ceremony will open one hour prior to the ceremony, seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Once the Bank of Colorado Arena reaches capacity, guests will be redirected to the University Center for remote viewing.

spring Inclement Weather Ceremony Times

Due to the size of our spring undergraduate classes ceremonies will be held at the following times:

10:00 AM

  • College of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • College of Performing and Visual Arts

1:00 PM

  • Monfort College of Business
  • College of Education and Behavioral Sciences
  • University College

4:00 PM

  • College of Natural and Health Sciences

Note: Ceremonies will be broadcast live through Eversport, the broadcast link is available on the Commencement home page.

Undergraduate ceremony Inclement Weather Overflow parking

Prior to the start of the Commencement ceremony and when the Bank of Colorado Arena nears capacity, parking lots surrounding the venue will be closed to the public. Guests will be redirected to the parking lots near the University Center for remote viewing.

Inclement Weather Parking Map

weather elements UNC considers to be Extreme

The University of Northern Colorado’s spring extreme weather decisions are influenced by the following factors:

  • Wind speeds greater than 30 mph
  • Lightning
  • Heavy or driving rain (that prevents UNC from utilizing Nottingham Field)
  • Snow greater than 3 inches
  • Tornado
  • Prolonged daily snow or rain that compromises Nottingham Field

Safety of our students, guests and staff are our key priority.

How we announce the Extreme weather plan - Undergraduate ceremonies

If extreme weather is expected, an announcement will be made by 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, two days before the Commencement ceremony . If the decision is made to move the ceremony indoors, this decision will stand even if the weather clears by commencement morning.

This decision will be posted via the following methods:

 

  • Weather Forecast
  • Future Commencement Dates