Commencement Schedule

  • University-wide Commencement: Saturday, Dec. 15, 9:00 a.m. (All bachelor’s and master’s degrees will be conferred at this ceremony. Individual degree candidates will not be recognized.)
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences Student Recognition Ceremony: Saturday, Dec. 15, 2:00 p.m. (Includes individual recognition of Liberal Arts and Sciences bachelor’s and master’s students. Doctoral candidates are not included in this ceremony)
  • Doctoral Commencement: Friday, Dec. 14, 1:30 p.m. (includes individual recognition of doctoral students)

Fall 2018 graduates are invited to attend two ceremonies. They may attend the university wide ceremony in The Swamp, where there will be an invited commencement speaker and degrees conferred. Graduates may also attend their individual college’s recognition ceremony, in which every student will be recognized and celebrated.

Liberal Arts and Sciences Bachelor’s and Master’s candidates are encouraged to attend the Liberal Arts and Sciences Graduate Recognition Ceremony, where they will be individually recognized and celebrated. This event is a college-specific ceremony that will celebrate individual student achievement from all units of our college.

Doctoral candidates are asked to attend and will be individually recognized at the university-wide doctoral commencement on Friday.

Liberal Arts and Sciences
Graduate Recognition Ceremony

Saturday, December 15, 2018
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Exactech Arena at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center

  • Graduates will be recognized by name as they cross the stage and their image displayed on the jumbotron.
  • This ceremony will celebrate bachelor’s, master’s, and specialist candidates. Doctoral candidates will be celebrated in Friday’s UF ceremony.
  • Your family and friends are welcome to join us in celebrating your accomplishments. The ceremony is free and open to the public; tickets or reservations are not required.

What to Expect

  • Individual recognition of bachelor’s, master’s, and specialist degree recipients on the O’Connell Center stage
  • Students will be congratulated on stage by the Dean and by a representative of their major program
  • Address from a graduating senior
  • Student singer for the national anthem and alma mater

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Will my name be called as I walk across the stage?

Yes! All Liberal Arts and Sciences graduates will be recognized by name as they cross the stage, and their image will appear on the jumbotron.

Is this event for all majors?

The Liberal Arts and Sciences Graduate Recognition Ceremony on December 15th at 2:00 p.m. is a college-specific ceremony, where we will recognize and celebrate our bachelor’s, master’s, and specialist candidates. Graduates will be individually recognized as they cross the stage.

The University-wide Commencement on December 15 at 10:00 a.m. is a ceremony that will be open to all graduating UF students. This ceremony will feature a speaker and degrees will be conferred by college in alphabetical order.

Do I need tickets to attend the ceremony?

No, tickets are not required to attend either the Liberal Arts and Sciences Recognition Ceremony or the University-wide commencement.

What should I bring with me?

You must be in regalia; students not in regalia will not be permitted to attend. Don’t forget to bring your name card. You’ll receive a name card when you pick up your regalia from the UF Bookstore. You will not need a name card if you choose to attend the University-wide ceremony at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, but you will need it at the Liberal Arts and Sciences Graduate Recognition Ceremony. Please take the time to write the phonetic spelling of your name in the appropriate location on the card prior to the ceremony. For more information, please review the University’s guidelines on name cards.

How many guests can I bring?

There is no limit on the number of guests who can attend per student.

How long is the ceremony?

The ceremony will last approximately 1 ½ to 2 hours.

What time does the ceremony actually start?

The Fall 2018 ceremony will begin at 2:00 p.m., with the processional starting at 1:30. We ask all graduates participating in the recognition ceremony to arrive no later than one hour before the ceremony start time. All guests should be in their seats before the processional starts.

Where do I go once I get to the O’Connell Center?

All graduates must report to Gate 4 of the O’Connell Center. Doors will open 90 minutes prior to the start of the ceremony. Graduates will then be directed to their appropriate location within the arena. Graduates who arrive after the processional has begun will have to wait until the processional has ended. At that time, they will be guided to the arena floor to an available seat.

Where should my guests go once they arrive?

Guests will enter the O’Connell Center through the main entrance doors near Gate 1. Doors will open for guests 90 minutes prior to the start of the ceremony. Guests should be seated before the procession begins. Guest seating is first-come, first-seated. No guests will be permitted in the graduates’ seating area.

What is allowed inside the O’Connell Center?

All graduates and guests will go through a metal detector screening before entering the building. A full list of prohibited items can be found on the O’Connell Center Security Policies page.

If I or my guests have a disability and have concerns about participating in the ceremony, what should I do?

First, contact the UF Disability Resource Center. The Liberal Arts and Sciences commencement team will be notified and will work with you to find a solution that is right for your need. If a member of your party needs special accommodations, please see an usher upon entering the venue with your request. Seating areas for those with accommodation needs are limited. We therefore request that no more than two members of your party sit in this section, the individual with the need to be there and one additional guest may accompany them. Accessible parking is available, however it is limited. See a parking map for locations of accessible parking options and drop off locations for those with mobility issues.

Where can I park?

Parking will be available at the O’Connell Center. View the UF campus map.

Where can my guests stay in Gainesville?

Information about housing, transportation, and things to do is available at the Visit Gainesville website.

Will food be served?

Food will not be served at this event. However, refreshments will be available for purchase at the concession outlets in the O’Connell Center. Additional Gainesville dining information can be found here.

What if I’m walking out of term?

Please contact the CLAS Graduation Coordinator at

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