CLAS Commencement


Attendance at commencement is optional. There is no rehearsal, so please refer to this information and share it with your guests.

CLAS Undergraduate Ceremonies

When you arrive at the O'Connell Center on Saturday, April 30, you will be directed where you should line up.

You must arrive at the O'Connell Center 90 minutes before your ceremony, and the processional starts 30 minutes before the ceremony's official start time. We estimate that each ceremony will last two hours. Your guests do not need tickets and there is no limit to the number of guests you have at the ceremony. Photography is allowed. The company taking photos as students cross the stage will mail proofs to graduates. There is no obligation to purchase.

The college will have two undergraduate ceremonies again this year at the Stephen C. O'Connell Center on Saturday, April 30, 2011.

12:30 pm CLAS Departments/Majors

Anthropology; Asian Studies; Astronomy; Biology (including Botany and Zoology majors); Chemistry (including Biochemistry majors); Classical Studies; Communication Sciences and Disorders; Computer Science; Economics; English; Geography; Geology; History

Assembly Details
4:00 pm CLAS Departments/Majors

Interdisciplinary Studies; Jewish Studies; Languages, Literatures and Cultures (including East Asian Languages and Literatures, French, German, and Russian); Linguistics; Mathematics; Microbiology and Cell Science; Philosophy; Physics; Political Science; Psychology; Religion; Sociology and Criminology & Law; Spanish and Portuguese Studies; Statistics; Women's Studies and Gender Research.

Assembly Details

Please arrive at the time specified for assembly and be wearing your cap and gown. There will be a "help desk" set up at Gate 2 in case you need a tassel, bobbie pin, safety pin, name card, etc. You will line up by major.

Protocols for Conferring Degrees

Announcing and Pronouncing Your Name

Each candidates' name is read aloud as he/she crosses the stage. When you pick up your regalia, you will receive a name card that you must complete and bring with you to the ceremony. Print or type your name with a phonetic spelling to ensure correct pronunciation. (Again, if you lose this card, there will be extras at the O'Connell Center).

Bachelor's Degrees

All candidates for bachelor's degrees will be presented as a group. When instructed, please move your tassel from right to left. Watch for the marshal's signal to indicate when your row is to stand and proceed single file to the stage. Give your name card to the marshal when you reach the top of the steps and you will be recognized individually.

Conduct Appropriate to the Ceremony


Ordering Regalia

Participants in the commencement ceremony must wear a university-approved cap and gown, which should be ordered at the UF Bookstore. One complimentary tassel is included in the cap and gown rental price. All caps and gowns are black, and candidates for advanced degrees also wear hoods. Students receiving a specialist, engineer or master’s degree will receive their hoods with their regalia at the bookstore. Doctoral degree candidates do not pick up their hoods at the bookstore. These hoods are delivered by the bookstore to the commencement location so that doctoral candidates can be hooded during the ceremony when they cross the stage. The bookstore cannot process your reservation for regalia if you do not provide your height, weight and gender. The rental fee for regalia is due when placing your order.


Tassel colors are specific to the college conferring the degree. Candidates for a baccalaureate degree should place their tassel on the right side of the mortarboard until the degree is conferred. Tassels may be moved to the left upon conferral. All other candidates should place their tassel on the left side at all times.

Graduation with Honors/Honors Cords

Undergraduate degree candidates may purchase honors cords to recognize their graduation with the distinction of cum laude, magna cum laude or summa cum laude. The cords are optional and can be purchased at the UF Bookstore: cum laude (honors); magna cum laude (high honors); summa cum laude (highest honors). Honors information is provided electronically to the bookstore, and students can purchase cords only for the level of honors the college recommended at preliminary certification in March. If a student’s honors status changes to a higher level at final certification, the student can return to the bookstore to purchase additional cords.

Program listings for students graduating with cum laude, magna cum laude or summa cum laude recognition are unofficial. The official honors designation will be indicated on the transcript and diploma.

Academic Caps

The academic mortarboard must be worn during the processional and when standing; you may remove it while you are seated. Men should remove their caps during the university’s alma mater.

Returning Regalia

Academic regalia must be returned to the University Bookstore after the ceremony.


Diplomas will be mailed approximately 10 weeks after commencement to your permanent home address. Please verify your permananet mailing address through the my.ufl portal. For more information, please visit the Registar's Spring Commencement instrcutions.


Photographs are taken as graduates process across the stage. The company taking these photographs will send proofs to the graduates approximately 10 days following the ceremony. There is no obligation for you to purchase these.


We are pleased to announce that our ceremonies will be be available in streaming video! Links will be available prior to the ceremony.

The ceremonies will also be archived online for a few months. Please share this information with your family members and friends who are unable to attend the ceremonies!


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