Frequently Asked Questions
Who is eligible to participate in the Spring 2021 Commencement?
Degree candidates with expected graduation dates of May and July 2021 and graduates from May, July and December 2020 who deferred their ceremony participation are eligible to participate. Students must have completed both the application for graduation and the Commencement participation form to be eligible to participate in the Spring 2021 Commencement.
Students must complete the application for graduation at the beginning of the semester in which they plan to graduate. The deadline to apply to graduate was Feb. 15, 2021. Students must have also completed the Commencement participation form to accept or deny the invitation to attend the ceremony in-person. The deadline to submit the Commencement participation form was Feb. 19, 2021.
Which College of Arts and Sciences ceremony should I attend?
Please refer to the College of Arts and Sciences Majors to determine which ceremony to attend.
Where will the ceremonies be held?
Spring 2021 commencement ceremonies will be held outdoors, rain or shine, at Spec Martin Memorial Stadium, 260 E. Euclid Avenue, DeLand, FL 32724.
What guidelines will be enforced during the ceremony to ensure health and safety?
- Numerous ceremonies split by college/school and division will be held to minimize the size of each gathering.
- All attendees will be required to wear a mask or facial covering throughout the ceremonies in accordance with Stetson University’s facial covering policy.
- Graduate and guest seats will be six feet apart to follow physical distancing requirements and allow for contact tracing.
- Hand sanitizer stations will be provided at the entrance to the event.
- Platform party guests will be reduced for physical distancing requirements.
- Self-screening will be required of all guests.
- Handshakes and master's degree hooding will be prohibited.
- Plans to host commencement are contingent upon state and local guidance and recommendations from the Safer Campus Task Force, Florida Department of Health (DOH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. Although we do not anticipate this to be the case, a face-to-face May 2021 commencement may be altered or canceled if there is a measured increase in the status of COVID-19 cases in the United States and/or Florida.
How can I best support a safe in-person ceremony?
We understand how important it is to our graduates to share their big day with friends and family. In order to have a safe and memorable ceremony for everyone, we are asking all of the guests to abide by the following guidelines:
- All attendees will be required to follow Stetson University’s COVID-19 guidelines, including but not limited to: Temperature screenings, wearing a mask or facial covering in accordance with Stetson’s facial covering policy, and following proper physical distancing guidelines.
- Faculty, graduates, and guests will be seated 6 feet apart during the ceremony and contact tracing will be in place.
- Guest seats will be asked to sit physically distant from other groups.
- Graduates and their guests will not be permitted to enter the stadium earlier than the allotted arrival window per ceremony and will be asked to leave immediately following.
- All attendees will be asked to avoid gathering in large groups and be mindful of their proximity to other attendees at all times.
Will tickets be required to attend Commencement?
Yes, tickets are required at no charge. Tickets will be distributed electronically; Date to be announced.
To ensure physical distancing guidelines are followed, graduates will have the opportunity to invite four guests to attend their in-person ceremony. We understand that our graduates may have more friends and family who want to celebrate in person, however, due to group size restrictions and physical distancing requirements, we are not able to offer our graduates more than four tickets each at this time. All ceremonies will be live-streamed to allow family, friends, and fellow graduates to honor achievements from afar.
Updates regarding commencement tickets will be made to the commencement website, as well as by direct communication to participating graduates.
Do children need tickets?
Children ages two years and under are not required to have a ticket but will need to be held in the lap of an attendee. Children who are 3 years old and over, MUST have a ticket to attend the ceremony. Strollers may not be placed in aisles within the guest seating area.
Are extra tickets for sale?
Due to COVID-19 precautions, all graduates will not receive more than four guest tickets at this time. 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 ceremonies be shown online?
Yes, live streaming of each ceremony will be available through Stetson Broadcast Productions for graduates and guests who are unable to attend in person.
Where do I pick up my cap, gown and hood?
Graduates will receive a confirmation email when their regalia is ready to be picked up at the Stetson Bookstore. Regalia may be picked up during normal business hours: M-F 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. or Sat 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Those who need to order regalia may do so via the Stetson University Bookstore website.
When will I receive my honor cord?
Honor cords will be distributed upon arrival at the Sanborn Activity Center prior to each ceremony. For those graduates unable to attend in-person, honor cords will be mailed to your home address.
When will I receive my diploma?
Diplomas will be mailed to all graduated students two to three weeks following their graduation date. Graduated students will receive confirmation once it is mailed.
Please contact the Office of the Registrar with any questions or concerns regarding your diploma: email@example.com.
What items are not allowed at Commencement?
Small and average-sized handbags, purses and camera bags will be allowed. The following items are not permitted:
- Food and Beverages
- 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 and guests be seated?
Graduates will be seated on the field facing the platform with their backs toward the south end zone. Graduates 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 following the ceremony?
At the conclusion of the ceremony, the graduates will exit the stadium onto Alabama Avenue, where friends and family may meet them. As all guests and graduates leave, please be mindful of physical distancing guidelines and avoid gathering in large groups.
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 they 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 leave their seat during the ceremony.
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 will happen 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 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 any of the commencement ceremonies need to be canceled, degrees will be conferred by President Christopher F. Roellke virtually.