Commencement Day - What to Expect

Graduates must report to the Arena one (1) hour before the ceremony to be in place for the processional. Graduates should enter from the northeast rear entrance of the arena, to check in and line up for the processional.

 

When graduates check in, they will be given their name card and told where to line up for the processional. Graduates will need to complete the back of the name card with their name and contact information while standing in line. This information is used by the photographers to send photo proofs from the ceremony.  The photographer's staff will be on hand to assist graduates with the completion of their cards.

 

Graduates who are eligible for honors should have purchased their honor cord at the UNF Bookstore at the time they picked up their cap & gown and tickets. If not, honor cords will be available at the bookstore table in the lobby for purchase. Honor cords may ONLY be purchased by those students who meet the criteria for honors distinction.

 

After lining up in the appropriate location, faculty marshals will lead candidates into the Arena and direct them to take their seats with their college. At the appropriate time, the dean from each college will call the graduates forward to receive their degrees.  Each graduate will process onto the stage, where they will hand their name card to a reader. While their name is read, they will cross the stage to receive their diploma (cover) from the President, and congratulations from their college dean. They will exit the stage on the opposite side from which they entered, and return to their seats.

 

Graduate degrees will be conferred before the undergraduate degrees in each college.

 

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The Arena will be open to guests one hour before the ceremony. The ceremony will last approximately one and one half (1.5) hours.