December Commencement

The University of Tampa will hold its December Commencement at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 19, 2015, at the Bob Martinez Athletics Center on UT's campus. The ceremony will last approximately 2 hours 15 minutes depending upon the number of graduates who participate and the length of the speeches.

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Commencement Schedule


Army ROTC Commissioning Ceremony

 10 a.m. 
Reeves Theatre (Campus Map)

Contact information will be announced soon.

Interfaith Graduation Service

4 p.m. 
Sykes Chapel and Center for Faith and Values (Campus Map)

The Interfaith Graduation Service is a multi-faith service planned by Better Together, The University of Tampa's student interfaith organization. The service consists of music, readings and prayers, as well as an address by an invited speaker. Graduates sit with their families for this service, and no academic regalia is worn by degree candidates.

For additional information please contact the Wellness Center at (813) 257-1877 or email

Graduation Reception

5–7 p.m. 
9th Floor, Vaughn Center (Campus Map)

UT's National Alumni Association and the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations invite graduates and their families to a "come and go" graduation reception to honor the Class of 2014. Complimentary light hors d'oeuvres and lemonade will be provided along with our traditional minaret cake. All graduates in attendance will receive a gift from the UT Alumni Association and information on how to stay connected to UT. Please remember to bring a camera as the views from the 9th floor serve as a great backdrop for photos.

For additional information please contact the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations at (813) 253-6209 or

Legacy Photo

5:30 p.m. 
9th Floor - Vaughn Center 
President's Conference Room
Legacy: Something handed down from an ancestor or predecessor; from the past. Any student who has at least one parent, grandparent and/or sibling is considered to be a legacy. The legacy photo will be posted on the UT alumni website, and each legacy will receive a gift from the UT Alumni Association.

For additional information please contact the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations at (813) 253-6209 or email

Sykes College of Business - Graduate Awards and Hooding Ceremony

6 p.m.
Plant Hall Fletcher Lounge

This event is a celebration of your achievement and is a compliment to the University's graduation ceremony the following day. Please remember to order and bring your graduation regalia to the Awards and Hooding Ceremony. Appetizers will be served prior to the program, which will start promptly at 7 p.m.

For additional information please contact the Office of Graduate and Continuing Studies at (813) 257-3514 or refer to


8 a.m. - 3 p.m. University Bookstore will be open.
9 a.m. All graduates assemble in caps and gowns for the procession.
9:30 a.m. Commencement ceremony will begin. 

Live Stream

We are proud to bring you coverage of the December Commencement ceremony. Live coverage of the ceremony allows our students to share this important event with loved ones who normally would not be able to attend.


Graduates and their guests should park in either the West or the Thomas parking garages on level two and above or in any other legal space on campus. Parking for the disabled is available in both parking garages for those with the appropriate hangtags.  


The doors to the Martinez Athletics Center will open for seating at 8:15 a.m. Guests are encouraged to arrive between 8:15 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. to ensure enough time to park and find seating. No tickets are required, but due to space limitations and for the comfort and safety of everyone, we ask that you consider inviting eight or fewer guests per graduate. Concession stands will be open with food and beverages. All guests should be seated by 9 a.m. to ensure a prompt start of the ceremony.

Guests with Disabilities

Download/Print Commencement Guide for Visitors

Guests with disabilities should contact a UT Diplomat at the entrance to the seating area at the Martinez Athletics Center for assistance. Those needing assistance should provide their own wheelchair. Guests in wheelchairs will be seated in a special area. Special seating for guests with walking disabilities will be in the first row of each bleacher section. Because seating in these areas is limited, only one individual may sit with the guest who has special needs. Your cooperation is required in order to accommodate all of our guests with disabilities.

Hotel Accommodations

The host hotel for the 2015 December Commencement is the Sheraton Tampa Riverwalk. Visitors are urged to make reservations as soon as possible. Please identify yourself as part of The University of Tampa Winter Commencement. Reservation requests received after the cut-off date will be based on availability at the hotel's prevailing rates.

View this link, University of Tampa-Winter Commencement 2015, or call  (813) 223-2222, (800) 325-3535 by Nov. 17, 2015, to make your reservations.  


If you need additional information, please email us at or call the Office of the Associate Provost and Dean of Academic Services at (813) 257-3147. We will be pleased to answer questions and provide assistance whenever possible.

Sharing Commencement


From the last few weeks on campus to the walk across the stage, we captured the class of 2014 sharing their commencement experience on social media.