Commencement Ceremony Weather Alternative
Sunday, May 17, 2015
La Salle Main Campus, Hayman Center
In case of inclement weather, the University will make the decision by 6 a.m. whether to hold the ceremony outside or move into the Hayman Center. Information may be obtained on May 17 by calling 215.951.1910, by accessing La Salle’s Web page at www.lasalle.edu, or by listening to KYW 1060 AM radio.
If weather conditions require the ceremony to be moved inside, the following changes will apply:
Time and Location
In the case of inclement weather, two Commencement ceremonies will be held: one at 10:30 a.m. and one at 3 p.m.
10:30 a.m. Commencement Ceremony
School of Business, School of Nursing and Health Sciences, and College of Professional and Continuing Studies (Business only)
Undergraduate degree candidates
Between 9 and 10 a.m., only guests holding Blue tickets will be admitted to the Hayman Center. The doors of the Hayman Center will be closed at 10 a.m. to allow the Academic Procession to move into Gola Arena. Doors will reopen to Blue ticket holders at the conclusion of the procession (estimated time: 10:30 a.m.).
3 p.m. Commencement Ceremony
School of Arts and Sciences and College of Professional and Continuing Studies (Evening B.A. and B.S. students only)
Undergraduate degree candidates
Between 1:30 and 2:30 p.m., only guests holding Gold tickets will be admitted to the Hayman Center. The doors of the Hayman Center will be closed at 2:30 p.m. to allow the Academic Procession to move into Gola Arena. Doors will reopen to Gold ticket holders at the conclusion of the procession (estimated time: 3 p.m.).
Please note that the University is unable to replace lost or forgotten tickets. Only appropriate color-coded ticket holders will be admitted to each ceremony.
When arriving at St. Edward and St. Francis halls to vest, graduates should report to the Registrar’s Office station located in the lounge and obtain a card imprinted with his/her name. A graduate who fails to bring this card into the Hayman Center Gola Arena will not have his/her name read during the ceremony. Arrival times are as follows:
9:15 a.m. School of Business, School of Nursing and Health Sciences, and College of Professional and Continuing Studies (Business) Ceremony (10:30 a.m.)
Graduates are to report to St. Edward and St. Francis halls no later than 9:15 a.m. To help ease congestion in the main lobby, graduates are asked to use the side doors (east side of the building) that lead directly into the arena.
1:45 p.m. School of Arts and Sciences and College of Professional and Continuing Studies (Evening B.A. and B.S. students only) Ceremony (3 p.m.)
Graduates are to report to St. Edward and St. Francis halls no later than 1:45 p.m. To help ease congestion in the main lobby, graduates are asked to use the side doors (east side of the building) that lead directly into the arena.
Guest Arrival and Seating
All guests will sit in arena bleachers or floor seating, and ushers will be present to provide assistance with seating.
Disabled Guests Needing Special Seating Accommodations
Those requiring special seating accommodations include: persons with physical limitations; those with visual or hearing impairments; those who have difficulty climbing stairs because of knee, leg, or back problems; and elderly persons. The seating area for disabled guests will be located on the main floor at the back of the graduate vesting seating area. A maximum of one family member may be seated in this section with the disabled guest. This is due to limited seating on the main floor. Guests needing special seating accommodations must make such requests at least a week prior to Commencement by U.S. mail or e-mail. By mail, address letters to Commencement Accessibility, Security and Safety Office, La Salle University, 1900 W. Olney Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19141-1199; fax to 215.951.1328; or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please use the form available here.
Hearing-Impaired Guests or Graduates
An ASL sign language interpreter or an oral interpreter can be made available for hearing impaired guests. Please contact the Commencement Office by phone at 215.951.1900 or e-mail at email@example.com by May 8 to make arrangements.
The Commencement Ceremony will be simulcast to the La Salle Union Building: Dan Rodden Theatre, First Floor, regardless of the weather.
In the event that the Commencement Ceremony is moved indoors, no tickets are required to view the ceremony from this alternate location. Seating is limited and is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Commencement 2015 Webcast
As a service to our graduating students and their families, the University will be streaming a live broadcast of graduation via the Internet. Please note that there will be a limit to the number of users who will be able to access the live event. In an effort to accommodate all those who would like to see the ceremonies via the Web, the University will rebroadcast Commencement 2015 throughout the remainder of the day, beginning at 5 p.m.
The purpose of the Webcast is to enhance Commencement 2015 by providing a means of access to those who are unable to attend in person. While every effort will be made to troubleshoot any technical issues during the live broadcast, the University cannot guarantee access to the Webcast. Please consider this in your planning.
Be certain to visit www.lasalle.edu/2015webcast to learn about the system requirements needed for access to the Webcast. At this site, you will help us plan for the broadcast by completing a brief online form that indicates if you have family members or friends interested in watching the ceremonies. This form must be completed by May 8, 2015.
Faculty, Staff, and Graduate Reception
Should Commencement be moved to the Hayman Center due to inclement weather, the reception will not be held.
Coffee, juice, and snacks may be purchased in the hospitality tent outside of the Hayman Center from 8:30 to 10 a.m. and from 1 to 2:30 p.m. only. Guests are asked not to take food and beverages to the arena level. There will also be several self-service water coolers available in the vicinity of Hayman Center.
The Campus Store, located in Wister Hall, will be open from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Diplomas will be distributed in Olney Hall immediately following the ceremony. Room locations are listed on the facsimile diploma given to each graduate during the Commencement ceremony. Dual majors should go to the room assigned to their primary major.