Inclement Weather Plans for Commencement

Fall ceremonies

UNC’s graduate commencement ceremony (for those students obtaining their Masters, Specialist or Doctoral degrees) on Friday is held indoors in the Bank of Colorado Arena at Butler Hancock Athletic Center, at 7:00 p.m. on the UNC campus. There are no additional inclement weather plans for this ceremony.

On Saturday, UNC hosts two ceremonies for undergraduate students and the time of these ceremonies 9:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. is based on the College that the student is graduating from. There are no additional inclement weather plans for these ceremonies.

Note: Remote viewing is available through the B2 Network.

Spring ceremonies

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 Bank of Colorado Arena at Butler Hancock Athletic Center, at 7:00 p.m. on the UNC campus. There are no additional inclement weather plans for this 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 snow, rain or other weather that is uncomfortable, but it is not an attendee safety risk. If weather were to worsen this may result in a delayed or shortened outdoor ceremony. When weather is questionable we encourage both students and guests to check for an announcement (see below). Please dress and plan accordingly for our outdoor ceremony. Visit our weather forecast page.

Note: All ceremonies will be videotaped. In addition, remote viewing is available through the B2 Network.

Spring undergraduate ceremony - Inclement Weather

When weather is questionable we encourage both students and guests to dress and plan accordingly for our outdoor ceremony. Visit our weather forecast page.

If the university announces a change in venue, 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.

In the case of extreme weather (when attendee safety is a risk) the outdoor ceremony will be moved indoors to the Bank of Colorado Arena at Butler Hancock Athletic Center. This decision will be made by 11:00 p.m. on Thursday (two days prior) to the ceremony and will not be reversed. Seating is available on a first-come basis and no tickets are required. Students will report to the Recreation Center prior to the ceremony for robing, line-up and processional. Ceremony line up will begin 45 minutes prior to the start of each ceremony

Once the arena reaches seating capacity, overflow seating and streaming of each ceremony will be available on campus (locations TBA). The ceremony is also available to viewers remotely via live webcast (see link below).

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: Remote viewing is available through the B2 Network.

What 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
  • 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

If extreme weather is expected, an announcement will be made by 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, two days before Commencement. 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
  • Webcast
  • Future Commencement Dates