Venue and Ceremony Information


Location

Commencement will be held at the Edmunds Center, located on East Pennsylvania Avenue. The campus map is a good resource for finding your way around campus. There are no tickets required for entry. Be sure to visit our Frequently Asked Questions page for more details.

Times

Friday, May 8, 2015

ROTC Commissioning Ceremony – Lee Chapel, Elizabeth Hall

  • Doors open at 9 a.m.
  • The event begins at 10 a.m.
  • The event ends at 11 a.m.

Undergraduate Awards and Recognition – Lee Chapel, Elizabeth Hall

  • Doors open at 2 p.m.
  • The event begins at 3 p.m.
  • The event ends at 4:30 p.m.

Commencement Ceremony (Graduate)

  • Doors open at 6 p.m.
  • The event begins at 7 p.m.*
  • The event ends at 8:30 p.m.

Reception and Diploma Pickup (Graduate)

  • 8:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
  • Location – Promenade area between the Stetson Green and Palm Court
  • Rain Location – Stetson Room

Saturday, May 9, 2014

Commencement Ceremony

Undergraduate in the College of Arts and Sciences

  • Doors open at 9 a.m.
  • The event begins at 10 a.m.*
  • The event ends at 11:30 a.m.

Reception and Diploma Pickup (Undergraduate)

  • 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • Location – Promenade area between the Stetson Green and Palm Court
  • Rain Location – Stetson Room

Commencement Ceremony

Undergraduate in the School of Business Administration and the School of Music

  • Doors open at 1 p.m.
  • The event begins at 2 p.m.*
  • The event ends at 3:30 p.m.

Reception and Diploma Pickup

  • 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Location – Promenade area between the Stetson Green and Palm Court
  • Rain Location – Stetson Room

*PLEASE NOTE – THE PROCESSIONAL OF GRADUATES AND FACULTY WILL BEGIN APPROXIMATELY TEN MINUTES BEFORE THE HOUR. THE ENTRANCE AND EXIT DOORS TO EDMUNDS ARENA WILL BE CLOSED AT THAT TIME IN ORDER FOR THE PROCESSIONAL TO ENTER THE BUILDING. GUESTS WILL NOT BE ALLOWED BACK INTO THE ARENA UNTIL AFTER THE PROCESSIONAL AND INVOCATION.

Restrictions and Safety

Commencement is a day of celebration and we want to assure everyone that we will be vigilant in taking common sense precautions for everyone’s safety. Entrances and exits will be monitored by officers. All bags will be checked upon entering the Edmunds Center. Please plan to leave all non-essential items in your locked vehicle.

Noisemakers are not permitted. Families are encouraged to hold their applause until all graduates have walked across the stage, to allow for everyone’s name to be heard.

Parking and Shuttle Service

Please refer to the campus map, which shows locations for public parking. Shuttle service will be available from the Lynn Business Center, Flagler Hall and Allen Hall on Friday from 5 to 10 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Parking is also available at First Baptist Church and offers direct access to the north entrance of the Edmunds Center. While this parking lot is in close proximity to Edmunds Center, it is not accessible for persons with disabilities. The path from the parking area is an uneven surface and has stairs.

Parking for persons with disabilities is available on the north side of the Edmunds Center. Cars parked in this area are required to display a disabled parking permit. Access to this area is on East Pennsylvania Avenue and Fraternity Circle. Officers will be available to offer direction.

A circular drive accessible from East Pennsylvania Avenue and Fraternity Circle will be available for drivers to drop off persons with disabilities. Drivers will then be asked to move to the designated public parking areas.

Accessibility Resources

The Edmunds Center is fully accessible to all guests, with seating available both on ground level and in permanent bleachers. Persons with disabilities can pick up a priority floor seating pass at the tents located at the north and south entrances of the Edmunds Center. Ushers will be available to guide guests to the priority floor seating area.

Parking for persons with disabilities is available on the north side of the Edmunds Center. Cars parked in this area are required to display a disabled parking permit. Access to this area is on East Pennsylvania Avenue and Fraternity Circle. Officers will be available to offer direction.

A circular drive accessible from East Pennsylvania Avenue and Fraternity Circle will be available for drivers to drop off persons with disabilities. Drivers will then be asked to move to the designated public parking areas.

Dress Code and Decorum

While Commencement has no official dress code, we encourage families to dress in a manner that suits this ceremony. Many of our guests dress in business attire or business casual.

Families are encouraged to hold their applause until all graduates walk across the stage to allow everyone’s name to be heard. Please be respectful to all of our students.

Guests are asked to take their seats inside Edmunds Center 10 minutes prior to the beginning of the ceremony. Guests that are not inside when the processional arrives will be asked to wait in the lobby or outside until the processional is completed.  The wait time is approximately 10 to 20 minutes.