Information for Parents and Guests
Please refer to the commencement schedule.
All candidates are encouraged to invite their family and friends. It's time to celebrate!
Commencement is optional and reservations are not required, although degree candidates must reserve their academic regalia by the deadline.
If you require hotel accommodations, please consult the list provided and consider making your reservations as early as possible. A list of suggested area restaurants also is provided. These listings are in no way complete nor do they imply arrangement with the university; we offer them solely to let you know that Gainesville offers a broad range of accommodations and restaurants.
If you or a member of your party needs special accommodations for a visual or mobility disability, please contact the ceremony venue at least two weeks prior to the ceremony for specific entrance, seating, and/or parking instructions. Stephen C. O'Connell Center (352) 392-5500; Phillips Center for the Performing Arts (352) 392-1900; University Auditorium (352) 392-2346; HPNP Auditorium (352) 273-6622. The commencement schedule will indicate the venue for all ceremonies.
If you or a member of your party needs special accommodations for a hearing disability, please contact Donna Stricker, 352-392-1311, at least two weeks prior to the ceremony. All ceremonies at the O'Connell Center will be open captioned.
On behalf of the faculty and staff of the University of Florida, congratulations! You are about to experience every parent's dream - your child's graduation from college. Enjoy this wonderful celebration!
Commencement marks the pinnacle of academic achievement and the university proudly celebrates the occasion with formal pomp and circumstance. Please help us provide a memorable event for all involved.
- Be seated before the procession begins. Guest seating is first-come, first-seated.
- No guests are permitted in the graduates' seating area.
- Guests will not be seated during the processional; late arrivals must wait until the procession ends.
- Cell phones and pagers should be placed on silent mode.
- Dress appropriately for the occasion (and the season).
- Please remain for the entire ceremony as a sign of respect for all graduates.
Photographs are encouraged, but please remain in your seat when photographing or videotaping any portion of the ceremony. Photographs of each graduate as they cross the stage are available from professional vendors who will contact all graduates with purchasing information. Family pictures with the graduate in full academic regalia are generally taken before the ceremony.
Refer to the commencement instructions for additional information.