- I thought there were two ceremonies?
In the spring semester we have nearly 10,000 graduates and thus have a different model for graduation weekend, holding a University Wide Ceremony for all colleges simultaneously in the stadium, and college recognition ceremonies where graduates are recognized individually.
Because we have significantly fewer graduates in the spring (just under 3,000) we do not approach commencement with the same model. We are also statistically more likely to have severe weather in August.
Instead, in the summer, we are able to hold 3 ceremonies, one for each degree level (doctoral, master/specialist, and bachelor) in which all colleges are able to participate indoors in the Stephen C. O'Connell Center. Every graduate is recognized at these ceremonies and each ceremony is only 2 hours plus a processional.
- How do I order regalia
Regalia ordering will begin in June. A student must apply for graduation before they can order regalia. Regalia ordered after the deadline will incur a late fee. Specific dates will be announced as the semester gets closer.
Regalia pickup will begin Monday, August 2 and will run through commencement weekend.
- Doctoral candidates rent a tam, robe and hood. There is an option to purchase the hood as a memento. Rental regalia must be returned to the bookstore by close of business on Monday, August 9.
- Master's and Specialist's degree candidates purchase a cap, gown and hood.
- Bachelor's degree candidates purchase a cap and gown.
Please note, the commencement office cannot assist with regalia orders, they must go through the UF Bookstore.
- 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 at the UF Bookstore. These keepsake programs have the names of all students graduating this summer.
(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)
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 two great resources:
- Tickets: Do I need them? How do I get them? How many can I 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 6 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’ DIPLOMA MAILING ADDRESSES listed in their OneUF. 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 graduates 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, we live stream all University commencement ceremonies.
About three weeks before graduation weekend, the links for our ceremonies will 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 be listed in the commencement program as a graduate of each of those colleges. They will receive a diploma from each of those colleges as well. However, they will walk across the stage and have their name called only once. When they check in for the ceremony, they will choose to line up with the college they prefer to be recognized with.