Graduate and Undergraduate Commencement Ceremonies

College of Arts and Sciences, School of Business Administration, School of Music and Organizational Leadership Ceremonies

Friday, May 7 through Sunday, May 9 (Please refer to the schedule for ceremony times)
Spec Martin Memorial Stadium
260 E. Euclid Avenue, DeLand, FL 32724

The deadline to submit the Commencement Participation Form was Friday, Feb. 19. Graduates who did not fill out the online form have been noted as “unable to attend" and will have their name announced as a virtual participant. 

Tickets are required for all guests, ages three and over (at no charge). Live streaming of each ceremony will be available through Stetson Broadcast Productions. Please refer to the Schedule and Frequently Asked Questions pages for more details.

Commencement Ceremony Tickets

To ensure physical distancing guidelines are followed, all eligible undergraduate and graduate students will have the opportunity to invite six guests to attend their in-person ceremony.

For more information regarding guest tickets, please visit the Ceremony Tickets page.

Graduate Check-In

Degree candidates are asked to arrive in regalia at The Sanborn Activity Center located at 815 S. Alabama Avenue one hour prior to their ceremony.

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 8 and 9, at the Sanborn Activity Center parking lot. Carpooling is recommended.

Faculty Participation

Faculty play an important role in the success of the commencement ceremony. It permits the community to recognize those who have contributed so greatly to the academic development and achievements of our graduates. All faculty are invited and encouraged to participate. Participating faculty are asked to arrive in regalia one hour prior to the start of the ceremony in which they are participating.

To ensure proper physical distance requirements, graduates, faculty and guests will be seated 6 feet apart. Faculty interested in participating should have submitted a formal reservation for attendance through the Faculty Participation Form.

The deadline to submit the Faculty Participation Form was Friday, Apr. 9. Faculty who did not submit a reservation via the online form are now considered “unable to attend”.

Faculty are asked to arrive in regalia at The Sanborn Activity Center located at 815 S. Alabama Avenue one hour prior to the start of the ceremony they are participating in. 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.

Ceremony Processional

Faculty and graduates will line up outside The Sanborn Activity Center to begin their procession twenty minutes prior to the start of each ceremony. The procession will walk 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 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. Graduates will be announced on stage in alphabetical order for the degree they are receiving regardless of their attendance in person.

Accessibility Services

The ceremony will be closed captioned and shown on the large screen adjacent to the stage. The Spec Martin Memorial Stadium is accessible to all guests with seating available on both the ground level and in the permanent bleachers. Accessible access for those unable to navigate stairs is through the South Gate on E. Hubbard Avenue.

Stetson University does not have the capacity to provide personal assistive devices such as wheelchairs or electric scooters to attendees, this is the responsibility of each individual/family. There are several local businesses in the surrounding area which offer wheelchair, electric scooter, and other assistive device rentals. Stetson University does not endorse any of these businesses.

Graduates and Faculty

If you foresee barriers or challenges regarding your participation in the Commencement ceremonies, 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 one companion 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.

Seats may be requested via the Accessibility Seating form.

For additional questions or concerns, please contact the University Events Office for assistance.

Commencement Parking Map

Please refer to the 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.