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President Szymanski addressing graduates at commencement

Information for Graduating Students

Attendance at commencement is optional. There is no rehearsal. 

Participation in commencement does not guarantee the conferral of your degree. 


The University of North Florida proudly invites you to join us via live broadcast to this year's Spring Commencement ceremonies. Please click on Commencement LiveStream to join us as we celebrate our graduates.


Please arrive early to ensure all participants are able to be checked in on time for the ceremony.  Check-in will be available one and a half hours before the ceremony begins.  Please arrive wearing your cap and rental gown. All baccalaureate candidates should wear the tassel on their cap on the right side. Master and doctoral candidates should wear their tassel on the left side. Coats and jackets are not recommended, as you will be wearing a rental gown. Please do not carry purses, backpacks or helmets; there is no place to store them. If you arrive late you will have to march at the end of the procession. Once the procession has begun, there is no opportunity to join your group.

Guest Seating

All guests must have a ticket. General admission seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. No guests are permitted in the degree candidates' seating area. Commencement protocol does not permit seating of guests during the procession; late arrivals must wait to be seated until the procession ends.

Assembly and Processional

All graduating students must check-in at the Field House (Bldg. 26) at the entrance near Lot 34. Check in with the graduation staff to receive your name card and determine where to line up for the processional.


The processional begins when the faculty marshals lead candidates onto the main floor of the Arena. You will proceed onto the floor in a side-by-side single file line, and remain standing until you are asked to sit by the President.

Conferral of Degrees

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

Crossing the Stage

The marshal will release your row to proceed up to the stage. You will exit your seat to the outside of the row (not on the center aisle), and proceed up the walkway to the ramps leading on stage. A photo will be taken of you on the ramp, as well as when you receive your diploma on stage. Cross the stage and exit off of the other ramp and return to your seat via the center aisle. Graduates seated on the right side of the Arena will cross the stage right to left, and those sitting on the left will cross left to right. 


All degree candidates are recognized individually - your name will be read aloud as you cross the stage. Honors distinctions are NOT read. Please feel free to print a phonetic spelling of your name on the lower portion of your card if you wish. 

Appropriate Conduct

  • Please remain seated during the ceremony.
  • Cell phones and pagers should be turned off.
  • All graduates and their guests are asked to remain for the entire ceremony as a sign of respect for all university graduates.
  • At the conclusion of the ceremony, you will follow the platform party and faculty in a recessional directly out of the Arena into the courtyard, led by one of the marshals that led you in during the processional.