The ceremony will be hot! Please plan accordingly and dress for the weather.

Stay hydrated! Water will be plentiful, both for free and for purchase. You may bring in your own new, sealed water bottle (plastic only).

The west side of the stadium, under the skyboxes, will be open and will be shaded as soon as the doors open. West side seating is behind the stage, but there are big screens, and you will face the graduates. Many people who sat on the west side in previous years enjoyed the experience.  

The east side of the stadium will be exposed to sunlight until sunset at approximately 7:15pm.

Drink lots of water all week and be ready for a great night!

Those who are unable to attend or choose to stay home for the ceremony may stream the event live via Arizona Public Media.


The ceremony will go on rain or shine, unless conditions are dangerous.

If it is raining or rain is forecast on Commencement day, graduates and guests should come prepared with appropriate rain gear. Ponchos, raincoats, and something to cover wet bleachers is advised for guests.

Every reasonable effort will be made to hold Commencement as planned. If Commencement cannot be held in Arizona Stadium due to inclement weather, the ceremony must be canceled. No indoor facility on campus can accommodate the graduating class and thousands of guests.

If weather is severe enough (heavy rain, thunderstorms, tornado watch/warning) to necessitate a delay in the start of the ceremony, instructions will be announced on site to graduates and guests. After delaying the ceremony for as much as one hour, if the forecast indicates no change in the severity of the weather, cancellation of the ceremony will be announced.

If the ceremony is underway but is interrupted by severe weather, graduates and guests should follow instructions as announced. It is strongly advised that you prearrange a meeting place with your family and/or guests if the ceremony must be canceled.