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UF Commencement & CALS Recognition Ceremony

Fall 2018 Schedule of Events

    • Doctoral Commencement- Friday, Dec. 14, 1:30 p.m. (includes individual recognition of doctoral students)
    • CALS Student Recognition Ceremony - Friday, Dec. 14, 7:30 p.m. (incudes individual recognition of CALS bachelor's and master's students)
    • University-wide Commencement- Saturday, Dec. 15, 9:00 a.m. (all bachelor's and master's degrees will be conferred at this ceremony; individual degree candidates will not be recognized)

    CALS Recognition Ceremony: What to Expect

  • Individual recognition of bachelor's and master's degree recipients on the O'Connell Center stage
  • Students will be greeted by their department chair/representative on stage
  • Special gift for attending degree candidates from the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences
  • Address from a graduating senior
  • Student singer for the national anthem and alma mater
  • CALS Recognition Ceremony: Student Instructions

  • Check in begins at 6 pm at Gate 4
  • Guest entry is from Gate 1
  • Student processional will begin shortly after 7 pm; guests should be in their seat by this time.
  • Regalia (cap and gown) is required
  • Students should bring their name card to this ceremony
  • There will be a recessional of all graduates after the ceremony (no leaving early)
  • Line Up Locations

    Proceed to the appropriate location on the ground floor after entering the O'Connell Center.

    Major Location Marshal
    Agricultural Education & Communication Between Gates 2 & 3 Ms. Becky Raulerson
    Agricultural Operations Management Between Gates 2 & 3 Ms. Becky Raulerson
    Animal Sciences Between Gates 2 & 3 Dr. Jason Scheffler
    Biology Between Gates 3 & 4 Ms. Britta Osborne
    Botany Between Gates 3 & 4 Ms. Britta Osborne
    Dietetics Between Gates 1 & 4 Dr. Wendy Dahl
    Entomology & Nematology Bewteen Gates 3 & 4 Ms. Kate Fletcher
    Environmental Management in Ag & NR Orange & Blue Room Dr. Allan Bacon
    Environmental Science (SNRE) Orange & Blue Room Ms. Danae Perry
    Family, Youth & Community Sciences Between Gates 3 & 4 Ms. Kate Fletcher
    Food & Resource Economics Between Gates 1 & 4 Dr. Zhifeng Gao
    Food Science Between Gates 1 & 4 Dr. Wendy Dahl
    Forest Resources & Conservation Orange & Blue Room Dr. Dan Johnson
    Geomatics Orange & Blue Room Dr. Dan Johnson
    Horticultural Science Orange & Blue Room Dr. Kevin Folta
    Marine Sciences Orange & Blue Room Dr. Dan Johnson
    Master's candidates (ALL MAJORS) Between Gates 2 & 3 Dr. Tracy Scheffler
    Microbiology & Cell Science Orange & Blue Room Dr. Kevin Folta
    Natural Resource Conservation Orange & Blue Room Dr. Dan Johnson
    Nutritional Sciences Between Gates 1 & 4 Dr. Wendy Dahl
    Plant Science Orange & Blue Room Ms. Danae Perry
    Soil & Water Science Orange & Blue Room Dr. Allan Bacon
    Wildlife Ecology & Conservation Orange & Blue Room Dr. Allan Bacon

    CALS Recognition Ceremony FAQs

    Will the ceremony be live streamed?
    Yes! View the ceremony from all over the world at https://mediasite.video.ufl.edu/Mediasite/Play/61e2201ea7584766a880c8db373109a11d.

    Will my name be called as I walk across the stage?
    Yes! All College of Agricultural and Life Sciences bachelor's and master's candidates will be recognized by name as they cross the stage at the CALS Recognition Ceremony. Doctoral candidates will be reognized by name as they cross the stage at the University-wide Doctoral Commencement.

    What should I wear?
    Students should wear academic regalia (cap and gown) to all Commencement-weekend events.

    Where do I get a name card and which ceremony do I bring it to?
    Students will receive name cards at the Bookstore when picking up regalia. Name cards should be brought to the Doctoral Commencement or the CALS Recognition Ceremony. Name cards are not needed for the University-wide Commencement.

    Do I need tickets to attend the ceremony? How many guests can I bring?
    No tickets are required for the CALS Recognition Ceremony, Doctoral Commencement or the University-wide Commencement. There is no limit to the number of guests an individual student may bring to each of these events.

    Where do I go once I get to the O'Connell Center?
    Graduates should report to Gate 4 of the O'Connell Center 60-90 minutes prior to the start of the ceremony. Guests will enter from Gate 1. Please review the O'Connell Center's security policy prior to arrival and note the list of prohibited items.

    Will I receive my diploma?
    You will not receive a diploma at the Universitywide Commencement Ceremony or the CALS Student Recognition Ceremony. Diplomas are mailed to the graduate's diploma mailing address. Learn more at https://commencement.ufl.edu/diploma.

    Information on lodging, parking, photography and additional commencement weekend details are provided at https://commencement.ufl.edu.

Commencement occurs at the end of each fall, spring, and summer B terms.