Commencement ceremonies to begin earlier than previously scheduled
Observer Staff Report | Saturday, May 18, 2019
Commencement ceremonies for the Notre Dame class of 2019 took place in the Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center at 8 a.m. — two hours earlier than scheduled — due to a “high probability of heavy rain and lightning,” according to a Sunday morning email from vice president for Campus Safety and Operations Mike Seamon and University registrar Chuck Hurley.
The gates to the venue opened at 7 a.m., and there was no procession by the graduates or the faculty.
Due to limited seating, ceremony attendance was limited to guests with a “red severe weather ticket.” According to the email, other guests were able to view a “closed-circuit broadcast” of the ceremony at several locations around campus: the north dome of the Joyce Center, auditoriums in the DeBartolo Hall, Jordan Hall of Science and Compton Family Ice Arena. The ceremony was also streamed onand WNIT2.
Individual diploma ceremonies will take place Sunday at noon instead of the previously scheduled 2 p.m., according to the email.
Editor’s Note: Story updated May 19 at 8:37 a.m.