The University of Mississippi

Inclement Weather

In the event of inclement weather, a decision to move the ceremony will be made by Saturday, May 13 at 8:00 a.m. If moved, the morning Commencement ceremony will be held at 9:30 a.m. at The Pavilion, and there will NOT be a processional.

Platform party members should report to The Pavilion media area. All attendees (faculty, staff, graduates and families) should report to The Pavilion.
Graduates should sit with their families and should be seated in the chairs on The Pavilion floor.  Once the chairs on the floor are full, graduates and their families may sit in the remaining available seating within The Pavilion.
Faculty to use Northeast entrance and proceed to sections 113 or 114 for faculty seating.

How will the university announce implementation of the inclement weather plan?

  • A RebAlert text message will be sent to those who have registered their cell phone numbers.(Students, faculty, and staff may add or update their cell phone contact information in
  • A link to the information will be posted as a banner on the UM website.
  • The information will be posted on the UM Emergency Website
  • It will be sent out via Twitter (@RebAlert).
  • It will be sent out via an App Alert for those with notifications activated on their mobile device using the Ole Miss App.
  • The information will be posted on the UM website.
  • A blast email will be sent to students, faculty and staff.
  • Signs will be posted on the Grove stage.
  • You may call 662-915-1040 to hear a recorded message.

What about the individual school and college ceremonies?

If the Grove commencement ceremony is moved to The Pavilion because of inclement weather, all other school or college commencement ceremonies throughout the day will also take place at the rain locations.