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Penn State’s Spring 2021 Commencement Weekend Weather Forecast

Ah, commencement. For some, it makes for an exciting weekend. For others, a terrifying one. But for everyone, it’ll (probably) be a wet one.

That’s right, folks. According to AccuWeather, Penn State graduates and their families could be in for a fairly rainy weekend when they head to Beaver Stadium from May 7 to 9.

Unfortunately, commencement ceremonies are on rain or shine, and Beaver Stadium policies prevent you from bringing in umbrellas, so be sure to pack a poncho alongside your cap and gown. Outdoor ceremonies won’t be rescheduled or moved inside if severe weather pops up.

To help plan for what could be the biggest weekend of your college career, let’s take a look at the latest forecasts for graduation.

Friday, May 7

Friday’s temperature should top out at around 54 degrees, according to AccuWeather. You can expect cloudy skies and some thundershowers with about a 70% chance of rain. Forecasts suggest storms could even produce small hail.

Rain is most likely between noon and 2 p.m. and again at 4 p.m., according to AccuWeather. Luckily, storms might pop up during the intermission between ceremonies for Penn State’s Graduate School and College of Engineering at noon and 6 p.m., respectively.

Saturday, May 8

Unfortunately, the forecasts don’t seem to improve much throughout the weekend. AccuWeather suggests Saturday in University Park will feature “variable cloudiness” with a few showers. Lovely!

Once again, the chance of precipitation tops out at around 65%, with showers most likely between 8 to 11 a.m. and 2 to 4 p.m. With a high of 54 degrees, Saturday should at least feel a little bit warmer.

Sunday, May 9

Sunday’s AccuWeather forecast features an 82% chance of precipitation and more than 1.1 inches of rainfall. It’ll be a cloudy 50-degree day with at least a 50% chance of rain from 11 a.m. to midnight.

Perhaps a cool 10-mph breeze will help graduates from the College of Agricultural Sciences, the College of Health and Human Development, and the College of the Liberal Arts dry off if they’re caught in the rain.

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Matt DiSanto

By day, Matt is a senior majoring in journalism. By night, he's Onward State's managing editor. He's a huge Philadelphia sports fan, fantasy football lover, and washed-up drummer hailing from Collegeville, Pa. The quickest way to his heart is Margherita pizza and "Arrested Development" quotes. Follow him on Twitter @mattdisanto_ if you hate yourself or email Matt at [email protected] if you hate him.

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