What if it Rains on Saturday?

All of our efforts are focused to have the commencement ceremony in Paladin Stadium unless weather conditions absolutely require otherwise. Steady rain will require commencement to be held in Timmons Arena. Should we need to enact our “rain plan”, we will announce that decision via our campus alert systems and post a notice to the Furman home page at www.furman.edu. You may also call the university weather hotline at 864-294-3766 for the most up-to-date information.

If commencement must be held in Timmons because of the weather, graduates should enter the building via the tented entrance to the arena floor on the north side of the building (you can best reach these doors from the road going behind the stadium scoreboard). You should be inside the arena no later than 6:30 PM. Five guest tickets for the rain site will be issued to each degree candidate at rehearsal on Friday afternoon. Students should direct their guests to enter via the main doors to the arena. These doors will open at 6:00 PM and will be monitored by the University Police.

Watch Commencement

Livestream the event via the SoCon Digital Network at furman.edu/live​. Streaming content will start 15 minutes before the ceremony begins.


Faculty, graduates, and singers are to park in the Chapel Lot South (between the chapel and football stadium). Walk behind the football visitor side stands and enter Timmons Arena at the lower seating level.

Connect with Admission

Furman is one of the nation's premier liberal arts and sciences universities. We offer our students The Furman Advantage—an over-arching approach to education that promises every student a four-year personalized pathway, a team of advisors and mentors, and the opportunity for an engaged learning experience that is tracked and integrated with the students' academic and professional goals.

Want more information about the admission process at Furman?

Contact us

Once you see our campus, making the right college decision will be so much easier.

Plan a visit

Undergraduate Evening Studies provides adults the opportunity to receive an education from one of the premier liberal arts universities in the nation.

Whether you are starting or continuing your education, or have been away from the classroom for a few months or several years, our program provides many services to assist you with accomplishing your educational and professional goals.

Apply now

Our graduate studies program is designed for the professional educator.

We know the challenges teachers and administrators face every day, and we are committed to helping you become a leader within your school system or district.

Apply now
  • Furman University