Commencement, Rain or Shine: Rain Plan for May 9 Ceremonies

| May 7, 2015
Webster University

The 2015 Commencement ceremonies are scheduled for Saturday, May 9, at The Muny in Forest Park. See information below to stay informed of any weather-related changes on the day of the event.

Webster University’s 96th Commencement ceremonies are scheduled for Saturday, May 9, at The Muny in Forest Park. The processional and main ceremony will be streamed live at

Information about the ceremonies, including any weather-related changes on the day of the event, can be found at the commencement site at

The Muny is a “rain or shine” outdoor venue. Participants and guests are advised to be prepared for inclement weather. The main ceremony at 9:30 a.m. will be followed by individual college/school recognition ceremonies on different stages on The Muny grounds.

However, if the event is canceled, there would be an opportunity for graduates to have individual college/school photo ops with deans on the Webster Groves campus. Please note that the occurrence of rain in the area or at the venue does not mean events will be canceled.

To stay informed of any changes, follow these five steps on the day of the ceremony.

1. Check for a Webster Alert before you head to the Muny.

If your phone is not signed up for Webster Alerts AND the St. Louis 2015 Commencement group within Webster Alerts, visit this page for signup instructions.

Commencement alerts will also be posted at and on the page, as well as on the Webster University Facebook page and the Webster University Twitter feed and #webstergrad hashtag.

2. If there is no alert, go to The Muny.

No alert means ceremonies are proceeding as scheduled until further notice.

3. If an alert indicates that the Muny event is canceled, graduates are invited to the Webster Groves campus where small school/college-specific activities will take place.

The alert will provide the start time for college-specific events. See item 5 below for specific locations.

  • A photographer will be available at each location to take photos of graduating students with their dean.
  • Any other activity is organized by the college/school.
4. If a cancellation is made prior to or during the main ceremony.
  • Commencement speaker Jenifer Lewis is an alum of the College of Fine Arts. Her address, and the conferral of honorary doctorates, will be held during this abbreviated main ceremony before the College of Fine Arts event. Other colleges/schools events will be held in other buildings on campus (see item 5 for these locations).
  • The abbreviated ceremony and each college/school event will be held simultaneously, 90 minutes after the cancellation announcement is made.
  • Note: If a decision is made during the ceremony, you will receive alerts and the websites/social media platforms above will be updated.
5. Colleges and schools will have photo ops with deans in these locations on campus.
  • College of Arts & Sciences: University Center – Sunnen Lounge
  • George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology: East Academic Building – Edward Jones Commons
  • School of Communications: Community Music School – Concert Hall
  • School of Education: Webster Hall – Winifred Moore Auditorium
  • Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts: Loretto-Hilton Center
Forest Park Traffic Note

Please be advised, we have learned of planned construction-related closures this weekend on Forest Park Parkway, which runs east-west on the north side of Forest Park. See more details and maps of planned impact here.


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