Please know that UF'S in-person Spring 2021 graduation weekend will occur only if the threat of COVID-19 is overcome through the widespread administration of a vaccine. If that does not happen, we will postpone them. We urge our candidates to plan accordingly, building as much flexibility as possible into travel arrangements and lodging reservations.
To help you prepare for this special extended weekend, please read this page of important information, links, and deadlines.
- Cap & Gown
Graduates must wear regalia (cap and gown) in order to participate in the University Wide Commencement.
Some college recognition ceremonies require regalia, others will not. Check with your college's ceremony webpage or coordinator to ensure you're prepared for your college recognition ceremony.
For questions about regalia, including orders, pickup, and more, contact the bookstore directlyEmail: email@example.comPhone: (352) 392-0194Website: Regalia ServicesPlease note, neither the commencement office nor college ceremony coordinators can assist with regalia orders. Orders MUST be managed through the UF Bookstore.
- Application for Graduation
Students graduating in a given semester must apply to graduate. The deadlines for applications for the Spring 2021 semester can be found in the catalog of the Registrar's Office Registrar Spring Deadline Page.
The application for graduation can be found in a student's OneUF. https://registrar.ufl.edu/services/degreeapp
In the application, there is a box that asks the degree applicant whether UF has permission to print their name in the commencement program. If the box is not marked by the applicant, we cannot print the name of the candidate in the commencement program.
Please note, due to printing deadlines, we gather names for the commencement program the week after the degree application deadline. This time frame is also when we look at the honors status of our candidates (cum laude, etc.). If a candidate does not apply for graduation on time, we cannot guarantee their name will be included in the commencement program.
- University Wide Commencement Instructions
6pm- Arrive on Reitz Union Lawn, assemble with college
Assemble with your college for the procession into Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. In each college section, those earning master’s and specialist’s degrees will be in front; those earning bachelor’s degrees will be behind them.
Families can begin entering the stadium by 5:30pm, they should be finding their seats there, not joining you in the Reitz Lawn area. Find more information here.
6:40pm- Faculty marshals will begin moving colleges into position
College by college, you’ll be moved out of your sections and into four lines to move across the lawn and then Stadium Rd. You’ll be handed a bottle of water before you cross Stadium Road toward the stadium.
7pm-7:40pm (approximately)- Student procession into Ben Hill Griffin Stadium
Colleges will officially march into the stadium, filling seats row by row, each one led by the dean and announced as you enter. EXAMPLE: “Now entering, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, led by Dean David Richardson.”
7:40-7:45pm- Platform Processional
Those who will be on the stage will enter the field, including President Fuchs, deans of the colleges, members of the Board of Trustees, and others.
7:45pm-8:45pm (approximately)- University Wide Commencement Ceremony
President Fuchs will preside over this ceremony. The guest speaker will provide the commencement address. Deans will present each of their colleges and a member of the Board of Trustees will confer the degrees. The president of the UF alumni association will welcome you as alumni for the first time.
8:45pm (approximately)- Exiting Stadium
Following the platform recessional, you will exit the field through the tunnel you entered while your family exits at other locations. Due to large crowds leaving the stadium at once, plan to give yourselves plenty of time and establish a meeting point.
HINT: Choose less-common locations to meet your party. The Bull Gator or Heisman Trophy statues are where most people choose to meet.
- Diploma Information
Diplomas are ordered for all graduating students by the Office of the University Registrar. This takes place at the end of the term for a term's graduating class. Once colleges have posted grades, it takes approximately 8 weeks for graduates to receive their diplomas.
Diplomas are mailed to the graduates' DIPLOMA MAILING ADDRESS as it appears in their ONE.UF at the end of the semester. Students are responsible for correcting or updating their DIPLOMA MAILING ADDRESS as necessary.
- Name Cards
One of the biggest highlights of the college recognition ceremony is being recognized by the platform party as your name is read aloud. The Name Card provides your name information for individual recognition.
You will receive your name card from the bookstore when you pick up your regalia. Please complete the front and back of the card before arriving at your college recognition ceremony and bring it with you to the stage when it is time for your individual recognition.
- Printed Programs
Graduates will receive two copies of the printed university commencement program when they pick up their regalia from the UF Bookstore beginning April 19. These keepsake programs have the names of students graduating this semester.
(please note this may not be a fully exhaustive list, as it reflects applications received on time; academic honors designations are also determined at this time and may fluctuate through the course of the semester)
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 become available online at https://commencement.ufl.edu at the bottom of the page. This version can be viewed and/or downloaded at any time after it appears.
Some colleges will also have printed programs for their recognition ceremonies.
- VISA for International Guests
If you are an international student who may need assistance with the proper documents for family or friends to come to your ceremony, you should contact UF’s International Center for assistance.