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Ceremony Information

Information for Graduates

Attendance at commencement is optional.

There is no rehearsal; however, the UNF Commencement Coordinator will host a Commencement Town Hall on Thursday, December 8, 2022, from 6pm to 7:30pm. See our Important Dates page for the Zoom link.

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 Fall Commencement ceremonies. Please visit the UNF Graduation YouTube channel to LiveStream and celebrate our graduates.

Arrival

Please arrive early to ensure all participants are able to be checked in on time for the ceremony.  Check-in for graduates will be available one hour before their 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 front entrance. 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 marshals lead candidates onto the main floor of the UNF Arena. You will proceed onto the floor in a side-by-side single file line, and remain standing until you are asked to be seated by the President.

Conferral of Degrees

Degrees will be conferred during each of their respective ceremonies for 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 cover 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 UNF 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 other devices should be turned off or remain on silent.
  • All graduates and their guests are asked to remain in attendance for the entire ceremony as a sign of respect for all university graduates.
  • At the conclusion of the ceremony, graduates will receive guidance from one or more of the marshals that led you in during the processional on how to exit the ceremony.

Information for Guests

Please refer to the information in these pages to guide you in preparing for this special occasion.

Arrival

The doors to the Arena will open to guests an hour before the ceremony.

Seating

Guest seating is first-come, first-serve. There are special seating areas for guests with mobility issues or in wheelchairs. An usher can direct your party to these areas. If you need special accommodations due to a visual or hearing disability, please send an email to commencement@unf.edu. No guests are permitted in the students' seating area at any time. Guests will not be seated during the processional; late arrivals must wait until the procession ends. 

Tickets

All guests must present a ticket for entry to the UNF Arena. Children age two (4) years of age and under are not required to have a ticket, but should also be held in the lap of an attendee. Children age two (4) and under should not occupy a seat. If you bring an infant in a car seat/carrier, they will need a ticket because the carrier would take a seat. Children who are 5 years old and over, MUST have a ticket for entry into the UNF Arena. Be advised that strollers brought into the Arena cannot be taken up into the seating area. 

Photographs

Photographs are encouraged, but only from either your seat OR the two locations in the upper level of the Arena that are designated for photography. Please be mindful of those around you, and do not linger after taking your pictures. Do not stand along the walkway on the second level at any time. This is essential for safety reasons, and in order to ensure that all graduate candidates can be seen by their families. 

Appropriate Conduct

Cell phones and other devices should be turned off during the ceremony. Please remain seated for the entire ceremony as a sign of respect for all graduating students. Hold all applause and refrain from loud celebrations until the conclusion of the ceremony, so that all families can hear their graduate's name announced.

Information for Faculty

Faculty are encouraged to participate in the commencement ceremony, as they have played a significant role in the development and nurturing of the graduates crossing the stage.

RSVP

Faculty interested in participating in the processional must RSVP to commencement@unf.edu to ensure that there is enough seating to accommodate all faculty participants. 

Regalia

Faculty rental regalia costs will be covered by the Registrar's Office. The deadline for faculty to order regalia through the UNF Bookstore is March 17, 2023. The UNF Bookstore will contact faculty members once their orders are ready for pick up. Your items must be returned to the UNF Bookstore directly after the commencement ceremony, or within the week following commencement. 

 

To order regalia, simply e-mail the UNF Bookstore with the following information:

  • Name
  • Height
  • Weight
  • Cap size (if you don't know, measure in inches and they can convert)
  • Cap preference: mortarboard or tam
  • Highest degree
  • Institution of highest degree
  • Discipline of highest degree