We're excited to celebrate our Spring 2022 graduates April 28-May 1! The following will help prepare you for the University Wide Commencement and College Recognition Ceremonies during this extended graduation weekend.

Helpful Tips

Prepare for the weather. The University Wide Commencement is outdoors.

Candidates line up in the Reitz Union Lawn and walk to Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Plan attire, especially shoes, accordingly. We'll provide water, and ponchos if needed.

Guests should plan their attire and shoes to meet the needs of being outdoors and walking in a stadium.

Review security policies. Ben Hill Griffin Stadium's policy requires clear bags and no umbrellas, among other prohibited items. The O'Connell Center uses metal detectors. The Phillips Center requires tickets (except for the College of Nursing). Know what is permitted at each venue you will visit.

Give yourself extra time. Graduation weekend is fun and exciting, but it’s also busy. Give yourself plenty of time to find parking, ride the shuttle or walk to the ceremonies you're attending, and find seats in each venue. Also schedule time between the beginning or end of a ceremony and reservations you might be making elsewhere in the community.


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


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

  • Concessions in the stadium will be available when doors are open for the University Wide Commencement.
  • Concessions will be available in the O'Connell Center when doors are open for the doctoral and college ceremonies.
  • Shands Food Court, nearest Parking Garages 2 and 3, will have a variety of fast food and general food court options available from 11am-8pm.
  • The Reitz Union Food Court will have limited options open during graduation weekend.
Beginning the morning of Thursday, April 28, parking restrictions at the O'Connell Center will be lifted.
Beginning noon on Friday, April 29, parking restrictions will be lifted at the Phillips Center for Performing Arts.
Restrictions throughout campus will be lifted on Friday starting at 5pm and for the duration of the ceremony weekend; this will be true for all lots and garages on campus unless otherwise labeled.

Detailed parking instructions for each venue can be found on our spring parking info page.

Please also see the campus interactive map for details and locations of parking lots and garages throughout campus.
Safety & Bag Policy



University Wide Ceremony
This ceremony is held in Ben Hill Griffin stadium on Friday, April 29 at 7pm.
We do not plan to ticket this ceremony nor restrict the number of guests per graduate. However, if CDC guidelines change, we may need to alter our plans to meet these expectations. If we must make changes we will inform graduates and guests.

College Recognition Ceremonies

  • Colleges holding their ceremonies in the Stephen C. O'Connell Center are not expected to ticket their ceremonies nor restrict the number of guests per graduate. However, if CDC guidelines change, we may need to alter our plans to meet these expectations. If we must make changes we will inform graduates and guests.
  • Colleges holding their ceremonies in the Phillips Center for the Performing Arts will ticket their ceremonies. The number of tickets per candidate will be based on registration numbers and will be determined by the colleges during the spring semester.
  • Colleges holding their ceremonies in college-specific venues will determine whether ticketing is necessary for their graduate numbers and the facility they select.

  • The University Wide Commencement ceremony is a rain or shine event. In the event of severe or dangerous weather, the ceremony will be postponed or canceled.
  • College recognition ceremonies will not be impacted by weather, as they take place in indoor venues.