Howard University Activates Inclement Weather Plan for Commencement

Due to the current weather conditions, we are activating our inclement weather plan and moving Commencement indoors. The ceremony will be held at Burr Gymnasium, located at 6th and Girard St. NW, Washington DC 20059.

Assembly of degree candidates
Members of the graduating class should still plan to assemble in the Burr Gymnasium. Please arrive no earlier than 7:00 a.m., but not later than 7:30 a.m. All graduates should sit with their respective School or College.

Guest seating
Please be advised that all guests will now be required to view the Commencement Convocation from simulcast viewing locations across campus. Seating for all categories of tickets (VIP, Reserved, and General) will be accommodated in the satellite viewing locations listed below. Please note, seating at the satellite locations will be based on a first-come, first-served basis, regardless of previous ticket assignment. There is limited seating capacity, so we encourage all visitors to arrive early. Original ticket accommodations (VIP and Reserved) will not be met under the inclement weather plan. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

On-campus satellite viewing locations

Blackburn– Auditorium, Forum and the Cafeteria
Burr Gymnasium – Lower Level
Cramton Auditorium
Ira Aldridge Theater
Douglass Hall
School of Business Auditorium
School of Social Work Auditorium
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Accommodations
Guests who require ADA accommodations can be dropped off at the top of 6th & Howard Place or Burr Gymnasium (entering on Girard Street). Guests with disabilities who are driving can park at the Howard University Hospital garage located behind the hospital on V street between 4th & 5th Street NW. The Howard University shuttle will transport anyone with disabilities to Georgia Ave. & Girard Street.

Traffic controllers will be onsite to assist anyone with directions and to help identify parking lot locations. If any guests have Howard-issued disability parking permits, they will be allowed to park in Minor Lot or the School of Business Lot. It is recommended that American Sign Language individuals who do not have a disability parking permit park in one of the Howard University designated lots and ride the nearest Howard University shuttle to Burr Gymnasium.

Broadcast arrangements
Commencement will be livestreamed over WHUR-FM Radio 96.3 MHz and WHUT-TV, Channel 32 beginning with a pre-show at 9:30 a.m. followed by the actual Commencement from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. An encore airing of Commencement will be broadcasted on Sunday, May 14 at 7:30 a.m. on WHUT.

Please click here to view the live webcast of the 2017 Commencement Convocation http://whur.com/features/howard-university-commencement-2017/.

Thank you for your continued support of the University’s efforts to make this an enjoyable Commencement Convocation.

Renee Nash


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