Undergraduate Frequently Asked Questions

How will tickets be distributed?

Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony tickets will be available starting on Monday, Jan 27. The deadline to claim tickets is Friday, Feb. 14. Students must apply for graduation prior to claiming tickets. The deadline to apply for graduation is Monday, Feb. 10.

When students claim their tickets, they will be able to indicate a need for additional tickets, but those will not be available until a later date.

Eligible students from the School of Business Administration and School of Music will be able to receive up to seven (7) electronic tickets.

Eligible students from the College of Arts and Sciences will be able to receive five (5) electronic tickets.

Once the Feb. 14 deadline has passed, all unclaimed tickets will be forfeited and available for redistribution. Students who indicated a need for additional tickets will be entered into a lottery and will be notified via email if they are selected randomly by computer to receive additional tickets.

Random selection will begin on Wednesday, Feb. 19, and will conclude once all tickets are claimed.

Do I need a ticket to attend?

Yes, tickets are required at no charge.

Children ages two 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 (2) 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 3 years old and over, MUST have a ticket for entry into the Edmunds Center. Be advised that strollers brought into the Edmunds Center cannot be taken up into the seating area.

Are extra tickets for sale?

In the spirit of Stetson values, it is expected that if you will not be using your ticket you will return the ticket to the lotto. Reports received of students selling tickets will be sent to the Office of Community Standards. A referral to the Office of Community Standards for the selling of graduation tickets could result in allegations from the Office of Community Standards for not following requested written university policies.

Will the ceremony be shown online?

Live streaming of the ceremony will be available through Stetson Broadcast Productions.

Will alternative viewing locations be available on campus?

Alternative viewing locations for family and friends will be available on campus in the Lynn Business Center, Rinker Auditorium and the Carlton Union Building, Stetson Room for both of the undergraduate ceremonies on Saturday, May 9.

Where do I pick up my cap and gown?

All regalia orders will be delivered to the Stetson Bookstore for pickup during normal business hours M-F 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. or Sat 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Where do I pick up my diploma?

Diplomas will be mailed to all graduated students two to three weeks after the graduation date. Graduated students will receive confirmation once it is mailed.

What items are not allowed in the Edmunds Center?

In general, it’s best to save most items for your post-Commencement festivities. Small and average-sized handbags, purses and camera bags will be allowed. The following items are not permitted:

  • Open container (i.e coffee, plastic cups)
  • Alcohol
  • Fireworks/open flames
  • Balloons
  • Beach Balls
  • Weapons
  • Noisemakers (blow horns, whistles, etc.)
  • Pets and Emotional Support Animals (Please review our pet policy for additional information)

Where will the graduates be seated?

Students will be seated on the ground level seats in front of guests. The graduate candidates will be traversing the stage during the ceremony and sensible shoes are recommended.

Where do I meet my graduate after the ceremony?

At the conclusion of the ceremony, the graduates will exit the Edmunds Center and be directed to cross Pennsylvania Avenue and onto Rinker Field. Family and friends are encouraged to meet their graduates on Rinker Field directly across from the Edmunds Center.

Will I be allowed to take photos on the stage?

No. Access to the stage following the Commencement ceremony will be prohibited.

Will there be a professional photographer at the ceremony?

Yes, photographers from Island Photography will be taking photographs of each student as then cross the stage. Following Commencement, the students will receive an email with secure links and a PIN to view the photos. You can register the email addresses of friends and relatives so that they will receive a direct link to the proofs by visiting Island Photography's website.

Guests may use personal cameras and video cameras but are not allowed to stand in the aisles on the floor during the ceremony.