Winter Commencement and the Weather
Weather forecasters anticipate a snow event this weekend that could affect northeastern
Pennsylvania and beyond. We’ve already had questions about the potential impact a
snowstorm could have on our Winter Commencement ceremony on Sunday, Jan. 20. At this
point, none of us know for certain how the impending weather will affect travel plans
for graduates and their families and the University’s ability to have the campus prepared
based on the timing of the storm.
The University will hold the commencement ceremony unless weather conditions prove too much of an impediment. Should the ceremony be held, and graduates are unable to attend because of travel conditions, we will invite and encourage them to participate in our annual Spring Commencement on May 18. No one should feel compelled to travel to participate in the Winter Commencement ceremony. The benefit to having three commencement dates each academic year is that it allows us the flexibility for graduates to change the ceremony in which they participate.
The University recognizes that some graduates and their families are traveling from a significant distance. We will make the decision about holding the ceremony as soon as forecasters are confident in their predictions. If weather conditions require cancellation of the ceremony on Sunday, the University will invite all who are scheduled to graduate this January to join us in May for our spring ceremony.
Every commencement ceremony is a special day that graduates and their families long anticipate. We recognize that much advance planning is done to arrange travel and accompanying celebrations. Knowing this, the University will endeavor to hold the ceremony as long as we can have confidence that travel conditions are reasonable for all attending the ceremony.
Please monitor your Wilkes email account for updates about this Sunday’s commencement. You may also visit www.wilkes.edu/commencement or call 570-408-SNOW where changes impacting the ceremony will be noted.