University-wide Commencement Assembly and Processional


The university-wide ceremony will take place in Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Graduates should meet at the Reitz Union Lawn at 8:00 a.m. It is important for graduates to be on time and dressed in regalia when arriving at the Reitz Union Lawn. Students who do not have regalia will not be permitted to participate in the ceremony. Assembly is outdoors and on grass. Keep this in mind when selecting clothing and footwear. Students who arrive after their college has begun its processional will be seated in the back row and will not be able to sit with their college.

All items that graduates take into the stadium must be in a 4.5" X 6.5" clear bag or container.

The Processional and Recessional

The processional will begin promptly at 8:50 a.m. when the marshals will lead you and your fellow candidates from the Reitz Union Lawn to Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Please keep this distance in mind when selecting your footwear. Your college dean will lead your college's processional. Once seated in the stadium, you are to remain seated until the marshals ask you to stand for the entrance of the platform party. Remain standing until after the singing of the National Anthem.

At the conclusion of the ceremony, there is a recessional of the platform party. Please remain at your seat until they have exited the stadium.

The Conferral of Degrees

Degrees will be conferred by college in alphabetical order, first the master's and specialist's degrees, then the bachelor's degrees. Conferral is by degree, not by name.