May can be a rainy month in Cambridge. Please be aware that all activities during Commencement occur outdoors. Activities will be moved indoors only in the event of extreme or severe weather.
While we hope that we do not have to use the severe weather program, we encourage you to check the weather in advance of the ceremonies and bring umbrellas if the weather looks threatening. In the event of rain, we will distribute rain ponchos from the Information Booth and open the Law School classrooms for those who prefer to view a televised broadcast of the ceremony indoors. In the event of severe weather, the University ceremonies will remain outdoors but the Law School ceremony will move indoors as detailed in the Severe Weather Plan.
A determination to move to the Severe Weather Plan will be made as early as possible on Commencement Day. If the Severe Weather Plan is in effect, we will notify graduates through Message Me and email. There will also be signs posted around the Law School campus and at the Information Booth. Commencement staff will be around the campus to disseminate information.
The Law School Diploma Ceremony will take place on the 2nd Floor of Wasserstein Hall in Milstein East in the event of severe weather on Commencement Day. Graduates will go to the registrar’s office on the 4th floor (4007) to pick up their diploma, directly after crossing the stage. Commencement staff will direct you to the appropriate stairwells and elevators.
Graduates and guests will eat lunch after the ceremony for their degree or section. In the event of severe weather, an email announcement will be made detailing where lunch will be made available for pick up, and dining locations.
Additional Rain Plan information/maps for your guests can be found in the HLS Information Booklet.