N.J. college cancels commencement ceremony due to stormy weather

Rowan University has canceled its university-wide commencement ceremony because of forecasted storms Sunday that will make outdoor activities “difficult and unadvisable,” the university announced Saturday.

The ceremony originally was scheduled for Saturday but delayed to Sunday due to intense storms. Rowan’s Class of 2022 still will have the opportunity to walk across the stage and hear their names called at smaller ceremonies for their individual colleges over the next week.

Sunday’s university-wide ceremony would have included an address by Rowan President Ali Houshmand, messages from other commencement speakers and a celebration with food, music and photo opportunities.

“Yesterday we were hopeful that the (storm) would blow through so we could proceed with our rain-delayed Sunday ceremony,” Houshmand said in a message to graduates, “but today, the weather news is still bad.”

Thousands of homes and businesses across New Jersey were without power Saturday morning amid strong winds from a coastal storm.

The storm is expected to slow down and linger just off the coast through Sunday and beyond, bringing an extended period of dreary, windy and rainy weather.

Rowan’s 19 individual college and school ceremonies begin Monday morning and conclude Friday evening.

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Tina Kelley may be reached at tkelley@njadvancemedia.com.

Adam Clark may be reached at aclark@njadvancemedia.com.

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