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President Szymanski addressing graduates at commencement

Commencement Day - What to Expect

Graduates should report to the Field House one and a half hours (1.5) before the ceremony to allow enough time for security screening, graduate check-in, and to be in place for the processional. Graduates should check in at the Field House (Bldg. 26) in the entrance near Lot 34 to line up for the processional.  

The University has implemented changes in security protocols to provide an additional level of security for our campus community and guests during fall commencement ceremonies. All graduates, faculty, staff, vendors and guests will be screened by metal detectors and all bags will be checked upon each entry into the Field House and the Arena. Plan accordingly and arrive early to ensure adequate time for these procedures. 


When graduates check in, they will be given their name card and told where to line up for the processional. Also while at check in, graduates will be provided pencils to complete the back of the name card with their name and contact information. 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 and gown. If not, honor cords will be available for purchase at the UNF Bookstore table in the arena lobby. 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. 

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


Friday, December 13, 2019

UNF Arena 


10 a.m.

College of Computing, Engineering, and Construction

College of Arts and Sciences


2:00 p.m.

College of Education and Human Services

Coggin College of Business

Brooks College of Health