Ticket & Weather Policy

Ticket Policy

No tickets are required for the outside ceremony on the Auxiliary Field.

In the event of rain, a rain poncho will be provided. No umbrellas will be allowed on the field, as they block the sight-lines of other guests.

AM Ceremony
In the event of severe weather (lightning or high winds), tickets will be required to enter the indoor ceremony location. Traditional Undergraduate students must pick up their tickets from the Student Development Office in Walton Hall. Each student is given two (2) tickets. Seating will be given on a first-come, first-serve basis for those with tickets. No one will be admitted to the Gym without a ticket. Additional seats are available in the McInnis Auditorium for the live broadcast of the ceremony. Please cut out tickets and give them to your guests to bring to Commencement. Lost tickets cannot be replaced.

PM Ceremony
In the event of severe weather (lightning or high winds), a ticket will be required to enter the indoor ceremony location. The ticket will arrive to the address on file of the graduating student. Due to the large number of Graduates, each gradating student will receive one (1) ticket. Seating will be given on a first-come, first-serve basis for those with tickets. No one will be admitted to the Gym without a ticket. Additional seats are available in the McInnis Auditorium for the live broadcast of the ceremony. Please cut out the ticket and give it to your guest to bring to Commencement. Lost tickets cannot be replaced.

    Commencement Cancellation Circumstances and Procedures 

    Please check the School Closing Information Page.

    Should emergency conditions* cause a Commencement ceremony held on St. Davids campus to be canceled, the following protocol will be followed:

    1. The call to hold or not hold Commencement will be made by the Provost, in consulation with the Director of Campus Services.

    2. The call will be made:

    • Before 8:00am for the 10:00am ceremony
    • Before 1:00pm for the 3:00pm ceremony
    • At least two full hours before the start of any ceremony that may begin at another time.

    3. Notification will be through the regular emergency and weather closing methods.

    4. A cancelled Commencement ceremony will not be rescheduled.

    5. A website will be set up that will contain the full speeches of all speakers, Presidents and Board Members greetings, scripture reading, student honors, graduated names, and other available information for student and guest review.

    6. Diploma covers will be mailed out with the diplomas.

    *Partial listing of possible causes for cancellation:

    • Snow/Ice
    • Hurricane/Tornado
    • Flooding
    • Dangerous conditions
    • International or area pandemic
    • Emergencies
    • Road closings
    • Venue specific emergency