Undergraduate Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need tickets to attend?
No tickets are required. Please note that seating is on a first come, first served basis. Spec Martin Memorial Stadium gates open at 6:45 a.m.
Will the ceremony be shown online?
Live streaming of the ceremony will be available through Stetson Broadcast Productions.
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.
Will the ceremony proceed if it is raining?
Yes. In the event of rain, Commencement exercises may still continue outdoors in the Spec Martin Memorial Stadium. Graduates and guests are encouraged to bring their own rain gear. Umbrellas are not allowed in the stadium. Once the program begins, if weather conditions worsen, the ceremony may be shortened.
In the case of severe weather, including thunderstorms with lightning, high winds, heavy or prolonged rain as forecasted by the National Weather Service, the Commencement ceremony may be canceled by Public Safety.
What do we do if the ceremony is canceled?
An announcement will be sent over the Stetson email system through the Stetson University smartphone app, and the Commencement website will be updated in the event that the ceremony is canceled due to severe weather (for health and/or safety issues only). All commencement attendees should pay attention to any weather-related announcements and follow the instructions given. Only prolonged severe weather will cause the ceremony to be canceled, and the event will not be rescheduled. If cancellation occurs during the ceremony, an announcement will be made and all participants and guests will be asked to leave the stadium and seek shelter.
Should the Commencement ceremony need to be canceled, degrees will be conferred by President Wendy B. Libby and Deans at the college and school receptions on campus immediately following the ceremony from 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
What items are not allowed in Spec Martin Memorial Stadium?
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)
- Fireworks/open flames
- Beach Balls
- 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 field facing the platform with their backs toward the south end zone. Students will walk on concrete, stage decking and grass surfaces. Since graduate candidates will be traversing the Spec Martin Memorial Stadium field during the processional to their seats, during the ceremony and during the recessional, sensible shoes are recommended.
Please refer to the Commencement Seating and Accessibility Map for directional information within the stadium.
Where do I meet my graduate after the ceremony?
At the conclusion of the ceremony, the graduates will exit the stadium onto Alabama Avenue. Family and friends will need to exit the stadium through the north or south gates. The west side gate is for processional only.
Will I be allowed to take photos on the field or stage?
No. Guests are prohibited from entering the field or onto the stage for photos - both before and after the Commencement ceremony.