We're excited to celebrate our Spring 2021 graduates this extended commencement weekend scheduled for April 29-May 3!

It's important we keep our graduates, guests, faculty, and staff healthy and safe during our celebrations. This information will help to prepare all of us to do so. 

Helpful Tips

Prepare for CDC Protocols. Everyone in the Stephen C. O'Connell Center will be required to wear a mask at all times and practice 6-foot physical distancing from anyone not in your party whenever possible.

Review security policies. The O'Connell Center uses metal detectors, be sure to check your pockets and purses before entering the building.

Give yourself extra time. Graduation weekend is fun and exciting, but it’s also busy. Give yourself plenty of time to find parking and checking into the venue. You should plan to be in your seat 15 minutes before the start time of the ceremony.

Accessibility

We have accessibility plans for parking and seating. Please see our accessibility page for details.

Lodging

Visit Gainesville Alachua County provides links to many local hotels, motels, bed & breakfasts, and campgrounds in the area.

Parking
PARKING
Parking restrictions throughout campus will be lifted during the ceremony weekend. This will be true for all lots and garages on campus unless otherwise labeled.

O'Connell Center Ceremonies
Parking in the O'Connell Center lot is for those attending the ceremonies in the O'Connell Center.

Ben Hill Griffin Stadium Watch Party
If you're planning to watch the ceremony at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, you can park in one of the nearby lots. We recommend the Murphree lot, Criser lot, Reitz Union lot, Garage 4, Gale Lemerand Dr. lot, Garage 5, or Garage 14. 

See the campus interactive map for details and locations
Safety & Bag Policy

PROHIBITED ITEM LISTS

Tickets

The Commencement Ceremonies in the Stephen C. O'Connell Center will require tickets. Graduates who registered for their ceremony in OneUF between February and March 31 will receive their 2 guest tickets in April. These tickets will be paired together, no exceptions will be made to this plan. No additional tickets will be available. 

We will hold watch parties in Ben Hill Griffin Stadium for guests who wish to come Gainesville to be on campus to celebrate their graduate. The ceremony will be livestreamed on the large screens of the venue. Doors will open one hour prior to the ceremony and will close 30 minutes after the ceremony has concluded. These events will not require tickets. 

Weather
  • Commencement Ceremonies in the Stephen C. O'Connell Center will not be impacted by weather, as they are all scheduled indoors.

  • The watch parties in Ben Hill Griffin Stadium will be available rain-or-shine. However, if lighting is within 8 miles of the venue, safety protocol requires us to evacuate the stands. Attendees may remain in the hallways and corridors until no lightnings has been spotted within 8 miles for 30 minutes, at which time the stands can re-open.

    There is no back-up or alternative location available for these watch parties. However, these ceremonies will be livestreamed on the internet for viewing on personal devices. See the livestream links page for details.