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Congratulations, Gator grads and guests! The following will help prepare you for the re-scheduled commencement weekend for spring of 2020. The new weekend for bachelor's, master's and specialist's degree candidates will be July 31-August 2. Doctoral candidates are invited to join the the summer doctoral ceremony on Friday, August 7 at 2 p.m.

Please be mindful that the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 may cause further postponement to December. We urge spring graduates and guests to plan accordingly, building as much flexibility as possible into your travel arrangements - for example, by making travel and lodging reservations that can be changed or cancelled without financial penalty.

Helpful Tips

Review security policies. The O’Connell Center uses metal detectors. 

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 ceremony you’re attending, and find seats in the venue. Also schedule time between the beginning or end of a ceremony and reservations you might be making.


We have accessibility plans for our shuttles, parking and seating at the Stephen C. O'Connell Center. 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.

Parking & Shuttles


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 will run on days with multiple ceremonies where parking may prove to be a challenge. More information will be made available after we have a set ceremony schedule.

A map with the full route and shuttle stops will appear on the Parking and Shuttles page in July.

Safety & Bag Policy



The spring 2020 rescheduled ceremonies do not require tickets.

The summer doctoral commencement ceremony does not require tickets.


Inclement weather will not impact these ceremonies, since they are being held indoors.