UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA SPRING 2018 INCLEMENT WEATHER PLAN - ARIZONA STADIUM
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, unopened plastic water bottle. There will be free water filling stations available around the stadium. Remember to follow the clear bag policy!
The west side of the stadium, under the skyboxes, will be open and will be shaded as soon as the doors open. You can enter the west side via Gate 14. 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. Please note that west side seating is accessed by walking up steep ramps. Elevators and accessible seating are unavailable.
Seating on 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 link to the livestream will be available on the Commencement website on the day of the ceremony.
HEAT TIPS AND FACTS
- Heat is Arizona’s #1 weather-related killer
- Heat stroke is an emergency - call 911
- Due to the low humidity, it is more difficult for sweat to cool the body down
- Drink more water than usual and don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink
- Older adults do not adjust as well as young people to sudden changes in temperature
- Older adults are more likely to have a chronic medical condition that changes normal body responses to heat
- Older adults are more likely to take prescription medicines that affect the body’s ability to control its temperature or sweat
- Conditions like heart disease, mental illness, and poor blood circulation are risk factors for heat-related illness
- Individuals who are overweight or obese tend to retain more body heat
- Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location.
- Warning signs of heat exhaustion include:
- Cold, pale, clammy skin
- Muscle Cramps
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.