Severe Weather & Safety

Nothing can dampen this celebration

Your graduation is too important to let a little rain put a damper on the celebration! But the Commencement ceremony can be affected by severe weather, including delays to the start of the event. There are also precautions in place to keep everyone safe and comfortable. Understand the safety plan and where to get updates so you can adjust your plans and keep the celebration going forward.

Safety screening

Indiana University operates Commencement venues in accordance with best practices for guest safety as recommended by Indiana University Public Safety and Institutional Assurance. These practices include the use of magnetometer screening for events such as games, major concerts, and Commencement.

Upon arrival at the venue, guests walk through metal detectors, and bags are inspected by trained security staff. To expedite entry, please limit bags to small purses, clutches, or diaper bags. Items, including large bags, backpacks, and wrapped gifts, will not be permitted in the venue. Similarly, graduating students are screened upon arrival at the graduate robing and lineup location.

This policy is in place not as a response to any incident nor to any threat, and it reflects similar policies at university and professional venues around the country. For more information, contact