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Attention Graduating Students and their Friends and Families: Meadows Graduation 2010 Ceremonies to Be Held Indoors Using Rain Plan

Inclement Weather in the DFW Area on Saturday, May 15 Forces Move Inside

Due to inclement weather in the DFW area, the following rain plan is being activated for graduation/diploma presentation ceremonies Saturday, May 15.  All Meadows ceremonies will be held indoors.  Student instructions and division venues are below.

4:00 p.m.
Reception hosted by the Dean in the Greer Garson Theatre Lobby for all graduates and their families and guests.

5:30 p.m.
Report to the Taubman Atrium in Owen Arts Center. At the tables in the atrium, you will be given a card showing an assigned letter and number along with your name and degree. You will also be given a contact information sheet to complete for the photographer. After completing the information sheet, go immediately to your assigned line-up area until the processional begins. Retain the card. It will be read by the student reader as you walk across the stage to receive your diploma cover. Changes to your credentials will be cause for delay of the ceremony and judicial action; if there are mistakes, report them to Chuck Donaldson or Janet Stephens (undergraduates) or to Joe Hoselton (graduate students).

Caruth Auditorium: Music Division
After retrieving your card from Taubman Atrium, proceed to basement hallway, stage left of Caruth. Line up in basement hallway stage left in order of the letter and number on your card. Line will begin outside the entrance to the practice rooms and go around the hallway of Caruth towards the main staircase to the lobby.

Hope Theatre: Dance and Theatre Divisions
After retrieving your card from Taubman Atrium, proceed to the Green Room. Line up in the Green Room in order of letter and number on your card.

Garson Theatre: Art, Art History and Arts Administration Divisions
After retrieving your card from Taubman Atrium, proceed to the Margo Jones Theatre. Line up in the Jones Theatre in order of your letter and number on your card.

McFarlin Memorial Auditorium: Temerlin Advertising Institute, Cinema – Television, Corporate Communication and Public Affairs and Journalism Divisions
After retrieving your card from Taubman Atrium, proceed to the basement of McFarlin Memorial Auditorium. Line up in order of your letter and number on your card.

After Your Ceremony
When your ceremony ends, please return to the Taubman Atrium in the Owen Arts Center to retrieve your actual diploma. Diplomas will be available up to 45 minutes after the last ceremony ends, which will be the McFarlin ceremony. Please do all you can to get back to the Owen Arts Center in a timely fashion to pick up your diploma. Any diploma not picked up Saturday night will be mailed to your permanent address.

Note from Dean Bowen

"The weather forecast (further below) is for continued rain and lightening. I’m sorry, but we need time to set up and we can’t set up in the rain—we use all of our most expensive audio equipment that we need for shows and we can’t risk that or the personnel to set up in a thundershower. Even if it clears the ground will be too wet, and we can’t set up for both outdoor and indoor at the same time, so we have to decide today. I’m sorry, but the smaller indoor ceremonies were lovely last year and everyone had a great time."

Latest Weather Report (updated Friday, May 14 3:45 p.m.)

Showers and thunderstorms will continue through the rest of today, and into much of the weekend. Flash flooding and heavy rainfall is a possibility.

OVERVIEW
The cold front/warm front has continued to slosh back and forth across North Texas, and is currently located between Abilene, Wichita Falls, and Tulsa. Areas near this boundary will have the necessary moisture, instability, and lift to produce showers and embedded thunderstorms. This boundary will move little over the weekend, and will lead to scattered to numerous showers and thunderstorms.

IMPACTS
There is a possibility of a few thunderstorms which could produce large hail and/or strong winds anywhere across North Texas. Heavy rainfall and flash flooding are more of a concern, especially for this afternoon and evening in the areas north and west of the Metroplex. Flash flood warnings and River flood warnings are likely with this system, to go along with the potential for severe thunderstorm warnings.

TIMING
Showers and thunderstorms are ongoing. Thunderstorm chances remain in the forecast through Sunday.

FORECAST CONFIDENCE / UNCERTAINTY

Thunderstorms: High confidence in occurrence. High confidence in area
Severe Thunderstorms: Low confidence in occurrence. Low confidence in area.
Heavy rainfall: High confidence in occurrence. Moderate confidence in area.

FORECAST POSSIBILITIES
Most days, the cap strength is the key limiting factor. This forecast has high confidence that heavy rainfall will occur, especially near the frontal boundary. The boundary’s location then becomes the key limiting factor for today’s forecast. If the front moves further north or south than anticipated, the heavy rainfall area will follow.

BOTTOM LINE
A flash flood watch has been issued for the affected areas northwest of the Metroplex. Emergency management and local officials should continue to monitor National Weather Service forecasts, graphics, and other official information that could further refine the affected areas through the weekend. Spotter activation is possible to the west of I-35 this afternoon. However, spotter activation is expected to be limited.

USEFUL WEBSITES

National Weather Service Fort Worth
http://www.srh.noaa.gov/fwd/  

National Weather Service Fort Worth Hazard Pages
http://www.srh.noaa.gov/fwd/hazard/haz.php?loc=nort&dow=TODAY  

Emergency Management Weather Briefing Page
http://www.srh.noaa.gov/fwd/?n=embriefing

National Weather Service Fort Worth Severe Weather Preparedness Page
http://www.srh.noaa.gov/fwd/?n=emsevere  

National Weather Service Fort Worth Spotter Activation Map
http://www.srh.weather.gov/fwd/?n=brief  

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