I Thought There Were Two Ceremonies?

Due to the high volume of graduates in the spring semester, we hold two ceremonies for each Graduate - a University Wide Commencement Ceremony and a College Recognition Ceremony. There is no need to use this same model in the summer and fall semesters, as our graduation numbers are significantly lower in those two semesters.

Do We Have To Attend The Ceremony?

We invite and encourage grads to attend, but it is not required. Ceremony attendance does not affect your graduation status or your ability to obtain your diploma.

How Long Will The Ceremony Be?

Generally, you should plan on the ceremony lasting about 2 hours from the posted start time. The student processional will begin approximately 30 minutes prior to the posted start time.

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:

  • Camera bags are permitted in the Stephen C. O'Connell Center, 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 the Stephen C. O'Connell Center.
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 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 an exhaustive list, as it reflects applications submitted by the deadline. Academic honors designations listed in the program are also determined at this time. We understand students may apply to graduate after this date, and GPAs may fluctuate through the course of the semester. However, due to the printing schedule, we must use the application deadline as the final submission point for the program)

Additional copies 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.

How Can I Receive UP-TO-DATE Info On My Own?

We have three great resources:

  • Email the Director of Commencements at uf-commencement@ad.ufl.edu with your name, email address and the name of the college you/your student is graduating from and you’ll be added to the weekly email list that begins in June.
  • The commencement website is another great tool.
  • In late July, the graduation app will go live for Summer 2020. It will have everything in palm-of-your-hand access. Download the GATORWAY APP via Apple's App Store or Google Play for Android devices. Once you have the app, select “Graduation Guidebook.”
Tickets: do I need them? How do I get them? How many can each student have?

Tickets are not required for any of UF’s summer ceremonies at this time.

When, where or how will diplomas be distributed?

Students finish taking finals on Friday, August 14 at 5pm, so grades aren’t finalized graduation weekend; they’re finalized the following week.

It then takes about 8 weeks to input grades, update records, certify degrees, print diplomas, sort them for mailing and put them in the mail to students’ permanent addresses. Hence, graduates receive their diplomas in late September.

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 students’ permanent addresses approximately 10 days after the ceremony.

Contact information for University Photography:
University Photography, P.O. Box 2454, Tuscaloosa, AL 35403-2454

Family members nor privately hired photographers will be allowed in the graduate seating area or stage.

Will the ceremonies be online for those who cannot attend in person?

Yes. About three weeks before graduation weekend, the links for those ceremonies that are being streamed will be appear on this page.

What if a student is graduating from more than one college this semester?

If a student is graduating from more than one college, they will need to pick which college they would like to walk with and line up with that college. They would order the tassel (and hood in the case of a master’s student) of that college with their regalia. A student can order an additional tassel to have a souvenir of their second college if they would choose to do so. We will not call any student’s name more than once during the ceremony.

What about inclement weather?

The ceremonies are rain-or-shine events.

Weather will NOT impact these ceremonies, as Stephen C. O’Connell Center is an indoor facility.