In the event of extreme weather conditions, the Commencement ceremony will be held indoors in the Bennett Athletic Center. In the event that the ceremony must be moved, seating will be limited to FIVE guest tickets per graduate, which are given to seniors at the Cap and Gown Distribution Day.
Doors will open at 9 a.m; seats may not be held past 9:45 a.m. Beginning at 9:55 a.m, unticketed guests will be seated in the Bennett Center as space allows. Comfortable seating and large-screen viewing will be available for unticketed and late-arrival guests in MacDonald Auditorium in the Ken Olsen Science Center.
The ceremony should end by noon. No beverages will be served if it rains.
If weather conditions lead to an indoor Commencement, drivers will be able to drop off passengers in a designated area in the Ferrin parking lot across the street from the Bennett Center. Drop-off directly in front of the Bennett Center or along Grapevine Road is prohibited. A shuttle from the Woodland Parking Lot will transport passengers to the front door of the Bennett Center.
Online streaming of this event will be available through the Gordon College website at www.gordon.edu/commencement/live for those not able to attend in person.
If changes are required due to extreme weather, details will be communicated by 7 a.m. on Saturday, May 17 in the following manner:
Recorded message at 978.867.3600
Broadcast e-mail to the campus community
A notice on www.gordon.edu
For additional questions, please email commencementgordon.edu.