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Parking & Weather Plans

In normal circumstances, we use Fair Weather plan - i.e. the ceremony will be held outdoors and no tickets are required. In case of heavy rain, the ceremony will be held in Frank Messa Rink and tickets are required. Please read below for more details.

Weather plans for commencement day are also available by calling 518-388-8373 for a voice message that morning starting at 8:00 a.m.

Fair Weather or Light Rain

Ceremony will be held in Hull Plaza in front of Schaffer Library. Department and Program receptions will be held on Rugby Field, west of the Nott Memorial. Guests may wish to bring umbrellas. Ponchos will be available for students at their seats.

  • Guest Seating: Outdoor seating available in the Hull Plaza area (no ticket required).  The ceremony may also be viewed via streaming in indoor locations (tickets required): Frank Messa Rink, Memorial Chapel and Reamer Auditorium.
  • Graduates & Pipers:  Assemble on Terrace Lane in front of Silliman Hall, Sorum House, and Green House no later than 9:00 a.m.
  • Platform Party:  Assemble in Everest Lounge by 9:00 a.m.
  • Faculty: Assemble in Yulman Theater by 9:00 a.m.

Heavy Rain

Ceremony will be held in Frank Messa Rink at Achilles Center. Department and Program receptions will be held in Memorial Field House (next to the Rink).

  • Guest Seating: Due to limited seating, guests must have tickets marked "Achilles Center-Messa Rink" to enter. All tickets for Messa Rink are distributed to students who request them in May. Students who did not complete the process for requesting tickets should check their campus mailboxes for tickets after June 9. The ceremony can also be viewed via streaming online at www.union.edu/commencement or in indoor electronic rooms (preference given to location ticket holders): Memorial Chapel, Bailey Hall, Karp Hall, Lippman Hall, Reamer Auditorium, Olin Auditorium (115) and Wold Building. Guests who still need tickets for indoor viewing locations should first check with their graduating students, who received tickets as requested. If needed, extra tickets for Mermorial Chapel will be available from campus safety officers at the main entrance of Reamer Campus Center on the morning of Commencement beginning at 8:00 a.m.
  • Graduates: Enter through the doors on the south side of Achilles Center starting at 9:00 a.m. Find your seats at the center of the Rink and be seated. There will be no procession for students.
  • Faculty: Assemble in the Garnet Room (Rm 002) of the Achilles Center at the lower level. Light breakfast will be provided starting from 8:30 a.m. Find your seats at the center of the Rink between 9:00 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. There will be no procession for faculty. Empty seats in the faculty area will be open to the general public after 9:45 a.m.
  • Platform Party and Piper: Assemble in Room 102 of the Achilles Center. Light breakfast will be provided starting from 8:30 a.m. Academic procession will start at 9:55 am.
  • Disability Parking and Seating: Disability parking lot is located on Lenox Road leading up to the back of the Frank Messa Rink. Only cars who carry the disability parking tag provided by DMV will be allowed. Disability seating (tickets are needed) will be at the center of the Messa Rink.