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UF Commencement & CALS Recognition Ceremony

Spring 2019 Schedule of Events

    • Doctoral Commencement- Friday, May 3, 1:30 p.m. (includes individual recognition and hooding of doctoral students)
    • University-wide Commencement- Saturday, May 4, 8:30 a.m. (all bachelor's and master's degrees will be conferred at this ceremony; individual degree candidates will not be recognized; all graduating students are welcome)
    • CALS Student Recognition Ceremony - Saturday, May 4, 2:00 p.m. (incudes individual recognition of CALS graduates)
    • 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 Ceremony Speaker and Singer Applications

    Student Speaker Applications

    The college is accepting student speaker applications for our spring 2019 college student recognition ceremony. The selected candidate will be afforded the opportunity to address the CALS graduating class during the CALS student recognition ceremony on Saturday, May 4, 2019 at 2 p.m.

    To access the student speaker application, click here. Applications MUST be turned into 2020 McCarty D by 5 p.m. on Friday, February 22, 2019 in person; online applications will not be accepted.

    Student Singer Applications

    The college is accepting student singer applications for our spring 2019 college student recognition ceremony. The selected candidate will be afforded the opportunity to sing the national anthem and alma mater at the CALS student recognition ceremony on Saturday, May 4, 2019 at 2 p.m.

    Applicants MUST email Annette Isenhour at aisenhour@ufl.edu by 5 p.m. on Friday, February 22, 2019 for an audition.

    CALS Recognition Ceremony: Student Instructions

  • Check in begins at 12:30 pm at Gate 4
  • Guest entry is from Gate 1
  • Student processional will begin shortly after 1:30 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)
  • CALS Recognition Ceremony FAQs

    Will the ceremony be live streamed?
    Yes! The link will be posted here as we get closer to the ceremony..

    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.