Inclement Weather Plans
In the Event of Inclement Weather
Our hope is always for blue skies and sunshine for commencement but, alas, even Washington and Lee cannot control the weather. Rain plans are indicated for each event on the main schedule of events.
Though we hope the weather will be warm and dry, if the ground in front of Lee Chapel is saturated or if rain is falling — and only as a last resort (e.g., we will be outside even if it is drizzling) — Law Graduation, Undergraduate Baccalaureate, or Undergraduate COmmencement may be held at an indoor facility,
For Law Graduation, the ceremony would be held in the Duchossois Tennis Center, where there is limited seating.
For Undergraduate Baccalaureate or Undergraduate Commencement, Cameron Hall Gymnasium on the campus of Virginia Military Institute (at 401 North Main Street, beside Foster Stadium on the Web map) is the only facility in the area which can accommodate the 4,500 people who usually attend. Cameron Hall has individual, padded, stadium seats and is air-conditioned. Cameron Hall's inside layout, with section and row numbers, may be viewed here.
No tickets are required for any of the other ceremonies, inside or out. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.
Remote viewing locations for the undergraduate Commencement are Stackhouse Theater in Elrod University Commons and Northen Auditorium in Leyburn Library.
Buses to Cameron Hall are available from the first floor of the W&L parking garage and in front of Early-Fielding, 204 W. Washington St., for students, families, and others. Please use these buses or walk, since parking is quite limited at and near Cameron Hall. A W&L campus map is available here.
In the event we must use VMI's Cameron Hall for the undergraduate Commencement ceremonies, all participants should enter Cameron Hall through the front doors from Main Street. The platform party and the faculty will assemble on the upper/street level of Cameron Hall, at the rear of the building. The graduating seniors will assemble on the lower level through the left stairwell from the front lobby. Faculty marshals and staff and student helpers will provide directions and assistance.
A decision will be made as to whether or not to conduct the ceremony outdoors approximately four hours before the scheduled start time for the ceremony. Information will be posted to this website regarding any change in the scheduled plans.