I THOUGHT THERE WERE TWO CEREMONIES?

Due to the high volume of graduates in the spring semester, we hold two ceremonies for each graduate- a University Wide Commencement Ceremony and a College Recognition Ceremony.

There is no need to use this same model in the summer and fall semesters, as our graduation numbers are significantly lower in those two semesters.

DO WE HAVE TO ATTEND THE CEREMONY?

We invite and encourage candidates to attend, but it is not required. Ceremony attendance does not affect graduation status or the ability to obtain a diploma.

HOW LONG WILL THE CEREMONY BE?

Generally, you should plan on the ceremony lasting about 2 hours from the posted start time. The candidate processional will begin approximately 30 minutes prior to the posted start time.

TICKETS: DO I NEED THEM? HOW DO I GET THEM? HOW MANY I HAVE?

Tickets are not required for any of UF’s fall ceremonies at this time.

This could change if CDC guidelines alter over the course of this semester due to COVID, requiring enforcement of physical distancing protocols and/or venue capacity limitations. If this were to occur, we will inform candidates and families of this change in plans.

WHEN, WHERE OR HOW WILL DIPLOMAS BE DISTRIBUTED?

Diplomas are not distributed at the ceremonies.

Students finish taking finals on Friday, December 17th at 5pm, so grades aren’t finalized graduation weekend; they’re finalized the following week. It then takes about 8 weeks to input grades, update records, certify degrees, print diplomas, sort them for mailing and put them in the mail to graduates’ DIPLOMA MAILING ADDRESS listed in their One.UF as of December 17.

Graduates receive their diplomas in early February.

For more detailed information about diplomas, paper and electronic, visit the Registrar's Office Diploma page.

HOW DO I ORDER REGALIA (CAP & GOWN)?

Candidates order regalia through their Gator1. Orders are managed through the bookstore. Questions should go to cap-gown@ufl.edu.
Regalia ordering opened September 10. Orders submitted after October 27 will incur a late-order fee.


Complete ordering information can be found on the regalia page of the bookstore's website: https://businessservices.ufl.edu/services/uf-bookstore/graduation/

Information about regalia at commencement can be found on the graduates' page of the commencement site here: https://commencement.ufl.edu/fall/graduates/cap--gown-orders/

WILL PICTURES BE TAKEN AT THE CEREMONY? HOW CAN I GET COPIES?

Professional photographers from University Photography take photos during our ceremonies, they’ve been our ceremony photographers for more than 25 years. Proofs of those photos are sent to the contact information provided on the name cards (students pick up these cards with their regalia). Proofs arrive approximately 10 days after the ceremony.

Contact information for University Photography:

University Photography, P.O. Box 2454, Tuscaloosa, AL 35403-2454
205-391-9500
questions@universitygradphoto.com

Family members nor privately hired photographers will be allowed in the graduate seating area or stage.

WHAT IS THE POLICY FOR CAMERAS & CAMERA BAGS?

Video, film, and digital cameras are permitted, including those with interchangeable lenses. For both the safety and consideration of those around you, the following rules are in place:

  • Camera bags are permitted in the Stephen C. O'Connell Center, but they are subject to individual inspection.
  • Tripods, monopods, selfie sticks or similar aparatuses that can obstruct aisles or others' views are not permitted in the Stephen C. O'Connell Center.
HOW CAN I GET A COPY OF THE COMMENCEMENT PROGRAM?

Graduates will receive two copies of the printed university commencement program when picking up regalia from the UF bookstore beginning December 13. These keepsake programs have the names of all students graduating this semester.

(Please note this may not be an exhaustive list, as it reflects applications by the deadline. Academic Honors designations printed in the program are based on GPAs in this timeline. We realize additional applications may be submitted after that date and may fluctuate through the course of the semester. However, due to the printing timeline, we must adhere to that deadline to ensure programs are ready for graduation weekend.)

Additional copies will be available for purchase at the bookstore for $1; proceeds go to a scholarship fund for future first-generation college students from low-income families.

Approximately two weeks before graduation weekend, the full PDF of the program will be available online at https://commencement.ufl.edu/past-programs/. This version can be viewed and/or downloaded at any time after it's up.

HOW CAN I RECEIVE UP-TO-DATE INFO ON MY OWN?

We have two great resources:

WILL THE COMMENCEMENT CEREMONIES BE ONLINE FOR THOSE WHO CANNOT ATTEND IN PERSON?

Yes. About two weeks before graduation weekend, the links for those ceremonies that are being streamed will be appear on this page: https://commencement.ufl.edu/fall/resources/live-stream-links/

In the beginning of January the videos will be moved to the commencement archives where they will remain. The archive page is here: https://mediasite.video.ufl.edu/Mediasite/Catalog/catalogs/commencement

WHAT IF A STUDENT IS GRADUATING FROM MORE THAN ONE COLLEGE THIS SEMESTER?

If a student is graduating from more than one college and those two colleges are participating in the same ceremony, the student must choose which college they would like to line up with and walk with in that ceremony. We do not call any student’s name twice during a single ceremony.

If a student is graduating from more than one college and those two colleges are participating in different ceremonies, the student can choose to participate in one or both ceremonies. It is completely their choice, but one they would probably wish to discuss with their family.

When ordering regalia, a student chooses one college or the other as their “graduating college.” This simply determines which color their tassel (or hood if the student is a master’s degree graduate) will receive. A second tassel can be purchased at the bookstore separately at a later date if desired, so the graduate has one for each college. Questions about regalia should be directed to cap-gown@ufl.edu.

They will receive two separate diplomas in the mail.

WHAT ABOUT INCLEMENT WEATHER?

The ceremonies are rain-or-shine events.

Weather will NOT impact these ceremonies, as the Stephen C. O’Connell Center is an indoor facility.