Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony
Saturday, May 12, 2018
8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Spec Martin Memorial Stadium
Stadium gates open for guests at 6:45 a.m.
No Tickets Required – Rain or Shine Event
Live streaming of the ceremony will be available through Stetson Broadcast Productions.
Bachelor's degree candidates are asked to arrive in regalia at 6:30 a.m. at The Sanborn Activity Center located at 815 S. Alabama Avenue. In preparation for the processional, graduates will be placed in alphabetical order by the degree they are receiving. All personal belongings must accompany you to the ceremony, so it is suggested to limit the number of items. Graduate assigned parking is located in Lot 9 & Lot 10, at the Sanborn Activity Center parking lot. Carpooling is recommended.
Graduate Name Cards
At check-in, you will be provided with a yellow name card. Please fill in the pronunciation of your name, if needed, for the announcer. Complete the back side of the card with the information required by the photographer who will provide proofs after the ceremony. Do not lose, destroy or leave the card in your seat when it is time to line up for the processional. This yellow card will need to go with you to Spec Martin Memorial Stadium and will be given to the announcer on stage.
Faculty play an important role in the success of the commencement ceremony. It permits the community to recognize you who have contributed so greatly to the academic development and achievements of our graduates. All faculty are invited and encouraged to participate.
Faculty are asked to arrive in regalia at 7:00 a.m. to The Sanborn Activity Center located at 815 S. Alabama Avenue. All personal belongings must accompany you to the ceremony, so it is suggested to limit the number of items. Faculty assigned parking is located in Lot 8, in the Department of Transportation parking garage, across the street from the Sanborn Activity Center (space is limited). Carpooling is recommended.
Promptly at 7:40 a.m. faculty and graduates will line up outside The Sanborn Activity Center to begin their procession. Graduates will follow the degree gonfalon that they are receiving. The procession will process down Alabama Avenue to Spec Martin Memorial Stadium where the platform party will join them. *Please note that access to the home side bleachers will be blocked from the South gate at 7:50 a.m. for 10-15 minutes to allow for procession access on the field.
As the procession enters Spec Martin Memorial Stadium, both faculty and graduates will be split into two lines for seating on the left or right side of the field. As the graduates will be announced on stage in alphabetical order, we are unable to determine the exact seating location of each graduate until this time.
The procession line-up will be the following:
1. Mace Bearer
2. Platform Party
4. College of Arts and Sciences
5. School of Business Administration
6. School of Music
The ceremony will be closed captioned and shown on the large screen adjacent to the stage. The Spec Martin Memorial Stadium is fully accessible to all guests with seating available on both the ground level and in the permanent bleachers.
Graduates and Faculty
If you foresee barriers or challenges regarding your participation in any of the Commencement weekend events, please contact the University Events Office to ensure you have a memorable experience.
Friends and Family
Guests with disabilities or health concerns will need to make a reservation in the tented seating on the grass surface behind the graduates (space is limited). Guests in this area will be allowed two companions to accompany them. Ushers will be available to guide guests to this location. Additional accessible seating is available in the bottom first row of the bleacher seating on both sides of the stadium.
For additional questions or concerns, please contact the University Events Office for assistance.
Parking and Stadium Maps
Please refer to the Undergraduate Commencement Parking Map for nearby parking locations as well as the Commencement Seating and Accessibility Map for directional information. Parking is on a first come, first served basis; parking in undesignated lots will be at your own risk.
Parking for persons with disabilities is available in Lot 5 on the corner of Hubbard and Alabama Avenues. Cars parked in this area are required to display a disabled parking permit.