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 and guests to plan accordingly, building as much flexibility as possible into travel arrangements and lodging reservations.

The following will help prepare you for the University Wide Commencement and college recognition ceremonies during the extended weekend of April 28-May 3.

Helpful Tips

Prepare for the weather. The University Wide Commencement is outdoors. Graduates 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 for all ceremonies (except 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.

Accessibility

We have accessibility plans for our shuttles, parking, and seating for all of our venues. 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 & Shuttles
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.
SHUTTLES
Shuttles will be provided to and from the University Wide Ceremony at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on Friday, April 30. There will be two shuttle routes, each running 2 full-sized shuttles and a Campus Connector (ADA compliant bus). These routes will be available from 5pm-9:30pm.
A map with the full route and shuttle stops will appear on the Parking and Shuttles page in April.
Safety & Bag Policy

PROHIBITED ITEM LISTS

Tickets

The University Wide Commencement in Ben Hill Griffin Stadium does not typically require tickets, but CDC social distancing guidelines may require us to do so this semester. We will not have a definitive answer until the end of March.

College Recognition Ceremonies in the Stephen C. O'Connell Center do not typically require tickets, but CDC social distancing guidelines may require us to do so this semester. We will not have a definitive answer until the end of March.

College Recognition Ceremonies in the Phillips Center for Performing Arts do require tickets. Each college will be responsible for determining the number of tickets per graduate and will distribute tickets directly. CDC social distancing guidelines may impact the number of tickets each candidate is able to have, we will not have a definitive answer until the end of March.

Weather
  • 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 are all scheduled indoors.