The 2012 commencement ceremony at Hillsdale College was held outdoors on the East Lawn of campus. The traditional Mothers Day Weekend event was in danger of being rained out, but there was a plan in place to move everyone indoors if the weather took a turn for the worse. The temperature was perfect–around 70 degrees–but there was a big chance of rain. The rain came, but everyone was able to count the few drops that actually fell on them during the ceremony.
The naturally sloping landscape of the East Lawn allowed for good viewing by everyone in attendance. With over 1,500 people in on the lawn, the good weather made everyone happy and comfortable to watch their student graduate from Hillsdale College.