University cancels commencement ceremony because of severe weather

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The University canceled its commencement ceremony, scheduled for 8 p.m. Saturday, because of inclement weather.

“We share in the deep disappointment that cancellation will cause our graduates and their families,” President William Powers Jr. said in a statement. “We made every effort to stage the 2015 commencement as planned. We are very disappointed that we cannot proceed under this evening’s severe weather conditions. I want to personally convey my congratulations to all of this year’s graduates, and my thanks to our commencement speaker, Darren Walker.”

Lightning early in the day prevented the University from fully setting up for commencement, and a forecast of continued thunderstorms and heavy rain convinced administrators to cancel the ceremony entirely. 

According to a press release, the University has plans to continue with its regularly scheduled fireworks show, set to begin at 10 p.m.

Although the University-wide commencement ceremony has been canceled, individual schools are continuing with their own convocations as planned.

Austin has been placed under a flash flood watch until 7 p.m. Sunday.