- Do I need to register for the ceremonies?
When a student fills out their application for graduation in their One.UF, they will also fill out their registration for both the University Wide Commencement AND the College Recogition Ceremony.
Candidates who wish to change their responses can do so at any time by going back to their One.UF, going to their "Graduation Checklist," going to their "RSVP for the Ceremonies," then changing their responses.
- Why 2 ceremonies? What is the difference between the University Wide Ceremony and the College Recognition Ceremony?
The University Wide Ceremony, scheduled for Friday, April 29 at 7pm in Ben Hill Griffin Stadium is where candidates of all degree levels from all the colleges can celebrate together. This is the ceremony where the president will preside, the celebrity speaker (TBA soon) will deliver the commencement address, the band will play, the choir will sing, and the degrees will be conferred; bachelor's degree candidates will turn their tassel from right to left. We do not announce names at this ceremony.
The College Recognition Ceremonies are where candidates are individually recognized and celebrated as their names are called. These ceremonies vary in date, time and location. The dean of the college presides over the ceremony. It is an opportunity for the college to celebrate its graduates as they prefer.
The Doctoral Recognition Ceremony is scheduled for Thursday, April 28 at 9am in the Stephen C. O'Connell Center. This is where doctoral candidates earning a PhD, EdD, AuD, DAT, DBA, DMA, DNP, DPT, or OTD are individually recognized and hooded by their faculty mentor.
- Do I have to attend both ceremonies?
Candidates and their guests should attend both the University Wide Commencement and their Recognition Ceremony. Each ceremony holds a different pupose and provides a valuable once-in-a-lifetime experience. They're separate celebrations that allow us to fully congratulate and acknowledge the achievements of our many spring graduates.
However, ceremony attendance does not affect graduate status nor a candidate's ability to receive their diploma.
- Tickets: Do I need them? How do I get them? How many can a candidate have?
Ben Hill Griffin Stadium: We do not expect to ticket the University Wide Commencement Ceremony in this venue. However, if CDC guidelines change due to COVID, adjustments may have to be made. If plans must be adjusted, we will inform our graduates and guests.Phillips Center for the Performing Arts: Ceremonies in this venue will be ticketed (except for the College of Nursing). The number of tickets per candidate is based on the registration numbers. Ticket distribution procedure and numbers will be determined by the college further into the spring semester.
Stephen C. O'Connell Center: We do not expect to ticket ceremonies in this venue. However, if CDC guidelines change due to COVID, adjustments may have to be made. If plans must be adjusted, we will inform our graduates and guests.
- What if I have a final exam at the same time as my ceremony?
We recognize there are a handful of candidates whose final exam times may conflict with their ceremony times. We will work with your professors to ensure that you are able to cross the stage. There will be flexibility in these very specific situations for candidates to take their exams at a different time.
It is the responsibility of the candidate to speak with their professor about their ceremony/final conflict in a timely manner so we can work together to resolve the issue.
- When, where, or how will diplomas be distributed?
Students finish taking finals on Friday, April 29 at 5pm, so grades aren't finalized graduation weekend; they're finalized the following week. For this reason, diplomas are not distributed at any ceremony.
It takes about 8 weeks to input grades, update records, certify degrees, print diplomas, sort them for mailing, and put them in the mail to a graduate's diploma mailing address. So, graduates receive their diplomas in the mail in July.
Diplomas are managed by the Office of the University Registrar's Office. More details about diplomas, electronic and paper, can be found on their Diploma Information page.
- What is the policy about cameras and camera bags?
Video, film, and digital cameras are permitted, including those with interchangeable lenses. For both the safety and consideration of those around you, the following rules are in place:
- Due to Ben Hill Griffin Stadium's clear bag policy (bags must be clear and no larger than 12"x6"x12"), camera bags are not permitted in this venue.
- Camera bags are permitted in the Stephen C. O'Connell Center and Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, but they are subject to individual security inspection.
- Tripods, monopods, selfie sticks, or similar apparatuses that can obstruct aisles or others' view are not permitted in Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, Phillips Center or the Stephen C. O'Connell Center.
- Will pictures be taken at the ceremony? How can I get copies?
Professional photographers from University Photography take photos during our ceremonies, they've been our ceremony photographers for more than 25 years. Proofs of those photos are sent to graduates' UF email addresses approximately 10 days after the ceremony. For privacy reasons, the proofs must be sent to the graduates directly.Contact information for University PhotographyUniversity Photography, P.O. Box 2454, Tuscaloosa, AL 35403-2454
Family members nor privately hired photographers will be allowed in graduate seating areas or the stage.
- How can I get a copy of the commencement program?
Graduates will receive two copies of the printed university commencement program when they pick up their regalia at the UF Bookstore in the Reitz Union starting April 18. These keepsake programs have the names of graduates this semester.
(Please note this may not be an exhaustive list, as it reflects applications at a given point in the semester; academic honors designations are determined at this time and may have fluctuated through the course of the semester)
Approximately two weeks before graduation weekend, the full PDF of the programs will be available online at past commencement programs. This version can be viewed and/or downloaded at any time once it becomes available.
- Will the ceremonies be available online for those who cannot attend in person?
The University Wide Commencement Ceremony in Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, scheduled for Friday, April 29 at 7pm will be livestreamed.
The Doctoral Commencement Ceremony in the Stephen C. O'Connell Center, scheduled for Thursday, April 28 at 9am will be livestreamed.
Some colleges will choose to livestream their recognition ceremonies as well.
About two weeks before graduation weekend, the links for all ceremonies that were streamed will appear on the Live Stream Spring 2022 page.
- What if two members of our family are in two different ceremonies this weekend?
If you have two family members participating in two different ceremonies this weekend, we can try to arrange for your family's graduates to walk in the same ceremony if there are additional spaces in one of the ceremonies available. We likely won't know until the middle of March whether that will be a possibility.
Affected candidates should email Steph McBride, Director of Commencements, at email@example.com to make arrangements.
- What if I want to walk in another ceremony weekend, such as summer 2022?
If a candidate wishes to walk in a ceremony different than the semester they're graduating in, this is called Walking Out-of-Term (WOOT).
If this is something you are contemplating, please see the WOOT Info Page for information about the criterion for WOOTing, the WOOT application form and the submission information for your college.
Please know that accommodations will always be made for military deployments/station changes of our students and VISA expirations for our international students.
Beyond that, colleges approve the WOOTs based on seat availability, as all ceremonies have a capacity. We do our best to meet the needs of our requestors, so long as they meet the criterion, deadlines are followed, and space is available.
- What if a student is graduating from more than one college this semester?
If a student is graduating from more than one college, they are invited to attend the each of the ceremonies applicable to them, if they so choose.
However, if they happen to be graduating from two colleges with simultaneous ceremonies they will need to choose one college to walk with.
- What if a student is graduating with more than one major from the same college in multiple ceremonies?
If a student is graduating with more than one major in the same college, and those majors are scheduled in different ceremonies, they are invited to attend one or the other or both ceremonies each of their degrees is a part of, if they so choose. Please note, however, these ceremonies will be identical, except for the students who are crossing the stage.
However, if a student is a double major and the majors are in the same ceremony, the student will walk only once in that ceremony.
- What about inclement weather?
The College Recognition Ceremonies are all scheduled in indoor venues, so they will not be affected by weather.
The University Wide Commencement Ceremony in Ben Hill Griffin Stadium is a rain-or-shine event. However, if there is dangerous weather this ceremony could be postponed or canceled. We will keep candidates and guests informed of any changes made as a result of severe weather.