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. While in line, 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
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
Graduate degrees will be conferred before the undergraduate
degrees in each college.
The Arena will be open to guests one hour before the ceremony. The ceremony will last approximately one and one half (1.5) hours.
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