- University-wide Commencement: Saturday, May 4, 8:30 a.m. -11 a.m., Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. All bachelor’s and master’s degrees will be conferred at this ceremony. Individual degree candidates will not be recognized. Visit website
- Liberal Arts and Sciences Student Recognition Ceremony: Sunday, May 5, 9 a.m. -12 p.m., Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. This ceremony 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, May 3, 1:30 p.m. – 4 p.m., Exactech Arena at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center This ceremony includes individual recognition of doctoral students. Visit website
Spring 2019 graduates are invited to attend two ceremonies. They may attend the university wide ceremony, 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 at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on Saturday, May 4, 8:30 a.m.
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 at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on Sunday, May 5, 9:00 a.m.
Doctoral candidates are asked to attend and will be individually recognized at the university-wide doctoral commencement on Friday, May 3.
Liberal Arts and Sciences
Graduate Recognition Ceremony
Sunday, May 5, 2019
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Ben Hill Griffin Stadium — “The Swamp”
- 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.
- Tickets are not required.
- There is not a limit to the amount of guests that can attend.
What to Expect
- CLAS bachelor’s and master’s students will be recognized by name as they cross the stage and their image displayed.
- Each graduate will have a photo taken while crossing the stage, and a photo taken just after crossing the stage. Photo proofs will be sent to the address provided on the name card included with the graduates’ regalia order.
- Address from a graduating senior
- Student singer for the national anthem and alma mater
Cap, Gown, and Tassels: Please direct all questions about caps, gowns, and tassels to the UF Bookstore at (352) 392-0194 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Regalia (cap and gown) is required for participation.
Academic-Related Graduation Questions: Please direct any questions with regards to graduation requirements or status to CLASGraduation@advising.ufl.edu
Graduating students must arrive at the Reitz Union Lawn no later than 8:00 a.m. in order to participate in the ceremony. Once at the Lawn, identify the flag with your major and please remain there until we line up to process.
Remember to bring your name card that was provided with your regalia.
So that each graduate can be recognized equally, we ask that you remain for the entirety of the ceremony.
If you are a graduate with special needs, please contact the Disability Resource Center so we can appropriately serve you. If a member of your party needs special accommodations, please see an usher upon entering the venue with your request.
This is a rain or shine event; ponchos will be provided for participating graduates in the event of rain. Umbrellas are not permitted inside the Stadium.
All graduates and guests will go through a metal detector screening before entering the building.
The stadium’s CLEAR BAG POLICY will be in effect. Bags entering the stadium must be clear and no bigger than 12”x6”x12”.
Frequently Asked Questions
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 is a college-specific ceremony, where we will only recognize and celebrate Liberal Arts and Sciences bachelor’s and master’s candidates. Graduates will be individually recognized as they cross the stage.
The University-wide Commencement 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 Spring 2019 Liberal Arts and Sciences Graduate Recognition Ceremony will begin at 9:00 a.m. We ask all graduates participating in the recognition ceremony to arrive at the Reitz Union Lawn by 8:00 a.m. All guests should be in their seats before 9:00 a.m., when the processional starts.
Where do I go once I get to the Stadium?
Graduates must report to the Reitz Union Lawn first, by 8:00 a.m., and are to remain near their major’s banner.
Doors for the Stadium will open 90 minutes prior to the start of the ceremony.
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 first available seat.
Where should my guests go once they arrive?
Guests will enter the Stadium through the north end zone. Gates will open for guests 90 minutes prior to the start of the ceremony. Guests should be seated before 9 a.m. Guest seating is first-come, first-seated. No guests will be permitted in the graduates’ seating area.
What is allowed inside the Stadium?
Please note, all guests and graduates will have to enter through metal detectors. There is a clear bag policy for everyone entering the Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. The following items are prohibited in all graduation ceremonies:
- Bottled Water or any Bottled Liquids
- Food Purchased Outside the Facility
- Wrapped Gifts
- Air Horns
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?
The O’Connell Center parking lot will be designated for ADA parking only. Parking will be available all over campus and there will be shuttles available for designated lots, please review the <a href="https://commencement.ufl.edu/parking"parking 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?
Refreshments will be available for purchase at the concession outlets inside the Stadium. Additional Gainesville dining information can be found here.
What if I don’t attend any of the graduation ceremonies?
What if I’m walking out of term?
Please contact the CLAS Graduation Coordinator at CLASgraduation@advising.ufl.edu.
My tassel is the wrong color or I did not receive a tassel, what should I do?
What if a name card did not come with my cap and gown?
The name card asks for an escort’s name. Do we need an escort?
Is the Recognition Ceremony going to be live streamed?
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