Congratulations, Summer Gator graduates!

To help you prepare for this special weekend, please read this page of important information, links and deadlines.

If your ceremony attendance plans or guest count has changed since your graduation application, you can update them when you order your cap and gown.

Cap & Gown

Students must wear regalia (cap and gown) in order to participate in commencement.

For details about regalia, including orders, pickup and more, contact the bookstore directly

Please note, the commencement office cannot assist with regalia orders. Orders MUST go through the UF bookstore.

Commencement instructions

90 MINUTES BEFORE THE POSTED CEREMONY TIME - Arrive at Gate 4 of the O’Connell Center

  • Check in at the gate wearing your cap and gown and carrying your name card (you get your name card when you pick up your regalia from the bookstore).
  • Doctoral and Master’s degree graduates should wear their tassels on the left; you don’t move your tassel during the ceremony, only undergraduates do that.
  • Bachelor’s degree graduates should wear their tassels on the right.

Families can begin entering the stadium 90 minutes before the ceremony, they should enter through Gates 1 and 3.

30 MINUTES BEFORE THE POSTED CEREMONY TIME - Graduate processional line will start to move

  • College by college, you’ll be moved out of your line-up rooms and start to enter the arena floor to be seated. All seating will be completed 5 minutes prior to the posted ceremony time.

NOTE: If your college processes and you are not in line, you will not process with your college and will not be seated with your college. There will be no seat-saving permitted by graduates during the processional and seating.

5 MINUTES BEFORE THE POSTED CEREMONY TIME - Platform processional line

  • Those who will be on the stage will enter the arena, including President Fuchs, deans of the colleges, members of the Board of Trustees and others.

NOTE: It is appropriate for graduates and guests to stand at this time.

POSTED CEREMONY TIME

Ceremony will officially start on the stage at the posted ceremony time, beginning with the National Anthem.

2 HOURS AFTER THE CEREMONY BEGINS

No ceremony will last longer than two hours past the posted stage start time.

Doctoral Graduates: Following the platform recessional, there will be a formal recessional led by the faculty marshals who led you in.

Master’s and Bachelor’s Graduates: Following the platform recessional, you will exit the arena through the gates you entered. There is no formal recessional.

HINT: Due to large crowds leaving the stadium at once, plan to give yourselves plenty of time and establish a meeting point. Choose less-common locations to meet your party. The Bull Gator or Heisman Trophy statues are where most people choose to meet.

Diploma information

Diplomas are ordered for all graduating students by the Office of the University Registrar at the end of the semester after grades have been posted. It takes approximately 8 weeks for students to receive their diplomas after the close of the semester.

Diplomas are mailed to the graduate's mailing address as it appears in ONE.UF. Students are responsible for correcting or updating their mailing addressas necessary.

Name cards

One of the biggest highlights of the ceremony is being recognized by the platform party as your name is read aloud. The Name Card provides your name information for individual recognition.

Doctoral Candidates- You will receive your name card when you pick up your rented regalia from the bookstore.

Bachelor's, Master's and Bachelor's Candidates- You will receive your name card at the ceremony check-in, which is why on-time arrival is so important. Please complete the front and back of the card in legible handwriting so our name readers and photographers can best use the information you provide.

Printed programs

Graduates will receive two copies of the printed university commencement program when they pick up their regalia from the UF bookstore beginning August 3. These keepsake programs have the names of all students graduating this semester.

(please note this may not be a fully exhaustive list, as it reflects applications turned in by the application deadline. Students' academic honors designations in the program are also based on their GPAs at this point in the semester. We understand students may apply to graduate after the initial deadline, and that GPAs may fluctuate during the course of the semester, but due to the printing timeline, we must use this as our deadline.)

Additional copies of the program will be available for purchase at the bookstore for $1; proceeds go to a scholarship fund for future first generation college students from low-income families.

Approximately two weeks before graduation weekend, the full PDF of the program will be available online at https://commencement.ufl.edu at the bottom of the page. This version can be viewed and/or downloaded at any time after it appears.

Visa for international guests

If you are an international student who may need assistance with the proper documents for family or friends to come to your ceremony, you should contact UF’s International Center for assistance.