- Why did you choose the July 31-August 2 weekend for the bachelor's, master's and specialist's degree candidates?
We prioritized rescheduling the ceremony for no sooner than mid-July to ensure campus was back to normal for all Gators- graduates, guests, students and employees. July 31-August 2 is the first weekend the O'Connell Center is available in that timeframe. The O'Dome is UF's only indoor space large enough to hold the multiple ceremonies needed to reschedule this many graduates.
- Why were doctoral candidates invited to join the summer ceremony on August 7 instead of given their own rescheduled ceremony?
The number of doctoral candidates is considerably smaller than the number of graduates with any other degree. Combining those two ceremonies into a single ceremony creates more timeslots for ceremonies for returning bachelor's/master's/specialist's degree recipients. It aso increases efficiency and ease of regalia rental ordering for doctoral candidates.
- Is there any chance the dates will be changed again?
Though we are currently moving forward with our plans for our rescheduled spring ceremony weekend, 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.
- What about regalia?
The bookstore has sent information about regalia out to all bachelor's, master's and specialist's candidates who ordered it, providing information about refunds and having the regalia shipped to their home.
Bachelor's, master's and specialist's degree candidates interested in participating in the rescheduled weekend should NOT seek a refund for their regalia. Please provide instead your shipping information and you will receive your cap and gown in the mail.
Doctoral degree candidates have received information about refunds.
Doctoral degree candidates will all receive refunds, since doctoral regalia is rented and not purchased. Doctoral candidates who choose to participate in the summer ceremony can re-order rental regalia.
If you are supposed to receive a refund for your regalia order, please know that it is coming, this is just a slow process due to the large number of refunds being processed. We anticipate the timeline to be several weeks.
For questions about the regalia process, please contact email@example.com.
*Please note the commencement office is unable to assist with specific questions about refunds or shipments, those matters must be handled through the bookstore.
- If I do not participate, do I still get my diploma?
Absolutely. As always, participating in any ceremony is optional. Ceremony participation does not reflect academic status. In fact, in this unique situation, graduates will have already received their diplomas in the mail prior to the ceremony, since diplomas are mailed approximately 8 weeks after grades are finalized.
- What about the commencement program?
Two copies of the spring commencement program will be mailed to graduates' homes in May.
Additionally, a PDF version is available online at at this time:
- How was the scheduled determined?
The short answer to this is, "math."
Based on the survey of interest sent out in March, we were able to get a sense of the approximate number of graduates interested in returning from each college. We used this information to create a schedule. It was important to ensure we would not exceed the O'Connell Center's capacity, and we wanted the number of graduates to be approximately the same per ceremony. Finally, we wanted colleges that had to be broken into multiple ceremonies to hold those ceremonies on the same day.
- When can I register?
We will send out the registration form to your UF email at the end of April. It is important that you continue to check your UF email after graduation through September.
- What if I want to walk in another ceremony weekend, such as summer 2020 or fall 2020?
These ceremonies have already been planned, with an estimated number of attendees and graduates, so space is limited. However, we will allow for applications for walking out-of-term (WOOT).
Exceptions will always be allowed for situations such as military deployments and station changes, medical issues and VISA limitations for our international students. We will accommodate requests while we have seats.
If you are unable to participate in your ceremony, we will allow you to walk in a future ceremony and application processes are available and being further reviewed.
At this time, you fill out an application to WOOT and submit it to your advisor or advising office. The advisor can sign it and send it to the commencement office for final review. The form is an editable PDF, so this process can all be handled electronically. The full description of the WOOT process, and the form, can be found on the WOOT page in the RESOURCES section of this website here: WOOT Info Page
- Tickets: Do I need them? How do I get them? How many can I have?
None of the spring rescheduled ceremonies will require tickets.
The summer doctoral ceremony does not require tickets.