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A decision regarding any changes to the schedule will be made by 6:00 a.m. on Commencement day. Announcements regarding the schedule will be posted on the College's telephone hotline at (717) 691-6084, and on the College's website at www.messiah.edu.

The Commencement ceremony is planned as an outdoor activity, and the College's strong preference is to hold the ceremony outside at the scheduled time. In the case of mildly inclement weather, the ceremony will proceed as scheduled. Please dress accordingly for conditions. If the inclement weather is severe, an alternative schedule according to one of the below options will be followed:

OPTION A: If the inclement weather is severe, but of a passing nature, the College will postpone the ceremony until 1:00 p.m. At that time, the ceremony will be held at the outdoor athletic complex as planned. Tickets are not required for this ceremony option.

OPTION B: If the inclement weather is severe and is NOT of a passing nature, the College will hold two abbreviated indoor ceremonies - one at 11 a.m. and the other at 2 p.m. - both in the Brubaker Auditorium of the Eisenhower Campus Center. Graduates are assigned a ceremony time based on which academic school they are graduating from (see below). In the event this option is enacted, seating is limited inside the auditorium, and guests will be required to have tickets for entry.

*Important "Rain Plan" Ticket Information*

11 a.m. ceremony
Graduate Programs
School of the Arts
School of Science, Engineering and Health

2 p.m. ceremony
School of Business, Education and Social Sciences
School of the Humanities