Commencement

Your one-stop shop for all information regarding

COMMENCEMENT 2020

Select which ceremony you will be attending below.

Thursday, april 30

DOCTORAL

Ph.D. Ceremony

Friday, may 1

MASTER’S

Robert Blok

Saturday, may 16

PHARM.D.

Student receives graduation lanyard

DOCTORAL COMMENCEMENT – Thursday, April 30

LOCATION

Exactech Arena at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center. (There are metal detectors at the entrances to the O’Connell Center. Please be aware of any objects you may be carrying that could impact your ability to come in the doors.)

SCHEDULE

5:30 p.m. Candidates assemble outside the O’Connell Center at Gate 4

6:30 p.m. Processional begins

7 p.m. Ceremony begins


MASTER’S COMMENCEMENT – Friday, May 1

Master’s students will be acknowledged as a group at the university-wide commencement ceremony. If you would like to be recognized individually, you are welcome to attend the Pharm.D. commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 16 at 2 p.m. If you’re planning on attending the Pharm.D. commencement ceremony, please submit an RSVP.

LOCATION

Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. (There’s a clear bag policy in Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. If you’re carrying anything, it must be in a plastic bag no larger than 12″x6″x12.”)

SCHEDULE

6 p.m. Candidates assemble at Reitz Union Lawn

7 p.m. Processional begins

9 p.m. Ceremony ends


PHARM.D. COMMENCEMENT – Saturday, May 16

LOCATION

Exactech Arena at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center. (There are metal detectors at the entrances to the O’Connell Center. Please be aware of any objects you may be carrying that could impact your ability to come in the doors.)

SCHEDULE

12 p.m. Candidates assemble outside the O’Connell Center at Gate 4

12:30 p.m. Doors open for guests

1:30 p.m. Processional begins

2 p.m. Ceremony begins

GRADUATE AWARDS BBQ

The Graduate Awards BBQ will be held Friday, May 15, at 4:30 p.m. in the HPNP Auditorium. You’ll need to submit and RSVP.

PHARM.D. GRADUATION CHECKLIST

Make sure you’ve completed every item in the Pharm.D. Graduation Checklist.

LIVE STREAM

For those of you with friends or relatives that may or may not be able to attend the ceremony in person, please direct them to the live stream site for a closed-captioned live feed. The broadcast will begin May 16 at 2 p.m.

HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS FOR GUESTS

These Gainesville hotels offer group rates for the College of Pharmacy’s commencement, Friday, May 15 – Sunday, May 17. The last day to book is Wednesday, April 1.

GROUP RATE: $129 A NIGHT

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS

Holiday Inn Gainesville

GROUP RATE: $179 A NIGHT

STAYBRIDGE SUITES

Staybridge Suites Gainesville

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WHERE DO I GET MY CAP AND GOWN?

You may order your regalia from the UF Bookstore. For further information, contact the bookstore directly at cap-gown@ufl.edu or 352-392-0194

IS THERE SOME KIND OF CHECKLIST TO MAKE SURE I’M READY TO GRADUATE?

Indeed, there is. Refer to the university commencement checklist.

WHERE CAN I PARK MY CAR?

Just about anywhere because parking restrictions throughout campus will be lifted on:

  • Thursday, April 30, after 4:30 p.m.
  • Friday, May 1 – Sunday, May 3 all day.

This will be true for all lots and garages on campus unless otherwise labeled.

I PARKED REALLY FAR AWAY. IS THERE A SHUTTLE I CAN TAKE?

Shuttles will run on Friday, May 1 from 5 p.m. – 10 p.m., to and from the university-wide commencement in Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. There will be two shuttle routes, each will have two full-sized buses and one Campus Connector (ADA compliant bus) running during this time.

Refer to the university commencement parking page for more information.