Inclement Weather Information, Directions & Diploma Distribution
2007 Widener Law Delaware Commencement


Inclement Weather Information

In the event of inclement weather, the location of the Commencement ceremony will change from the Law School lawn in Delaware to the gym at the Schwartz Center (Download a PDF map of Chester Campus.) for gowning of graduates and the Field House for the graduation ceremony. Please plan to leave all personal belongings at home or be prepared to process with them as the gym will not be locked during the ceremony. A reception will follow the ceremony in the gym of the Schwartz Center. Tables for gown return will be set up in the corner of the gym. The determination to follow the inclement weather procedure will be made by late Friday, May 18, or early Saturday, May 19. An announcement will be broadcast on Delaware AM station WDEL 1150 and in Pennsylvania on KYW News Radio AM 1060. The information line, (302) 477-2149 number 5 and the Widener Law home page www.law.widener.edu) site (choose the Weather Alerts link at top of home page), will be updated as soon as any decision is received. There is neither parking nor drop-off available at the Schwartz Center without a special needs parking pass. Only vehicles with authorized special needs parking passes will be permitted to drop-off passengers and then proceed to a nearby restricted lot. These vehicles must access the Schwartz Center by way of Bullens Lane. There are adequate parking lots located on the main campus at: 14th and Melrose, 14th and Walnut, 17th and Walnut, 19th and Walnut. Shuttle buses will operate from these lots to the Field House beginning at 2:00 p.m. If you prefer, the walk from these lots is approximately 10 to 15 minutes. Please allow extra time to accommodate traffic, parking, and walking to the center. The doors to the Schwartz Center will open at 2:00 p.m.

INCLEMENT WEATHER Venue Directions to the Chester Campus (see Chester Campus map below.)

  • From Western Pennsylvania And Philadelphia Take the Pennsylvania Turnpike to the Downingtown Interchange, Exit 23, Route 100 south to Route 322 at West Chester by-pass. Follow Route 322 east to intersection with I-95, northbound, at Chester. Get off I-95 at exit 6 for Routes 320 and 352, Central Chester Business District and Widener University. At first traffic light turn left over bridge. Bear right at fork on other side of bridge. Proceed to the second traffic light and turn right on 15th Street to Walnut Street where the main campus begins.
  • From Wilmington, De And Washington, D.C. Take I-95 northbound and get off in Chester at exit 6 for Routes 320 and 352, Central Chester Business District and Widener University. At first traffic light turn left over bridge. Bear right at fork on other side of bridge. Proceed to the second traffic light and turn right on 15th Street to Walnut Street where the main campus begins.

Map of Chester Campus

Diploma Distribution if the Outdoor Ceremony is Interrupted Once the weather decision is made, it is not possible to reverse it. Therefore, if it begins to rain immediately before or during the outside ceremony, an abbreviated ceremony will be held and diplomas will be distributed at the conclusion of the ceremony from the Ruby Vale Moot Court Room in the law building. This ceremony will be televised into the other rooms in the law building and in Polishook Hall.