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May Commencement

Due to scheduling conflicts at the Amalie Arena and in an effort to plan for the best commencement experience, Spring 2017 commencement will take place at the Expo Hall at the Florida State Fairgrounds. In addition, to make the ceremony shorter and more comfortable for the graduates and their families, there will be two separate ceremonies with graduates from the Sykes College of Business and the College of Arts and Letters taking place from 9:30-11:30 a.m., and the ceremony for graduates of the College of Social Sciences, Mathematics and Education and the College of Natural and Health Sciences taking place from 2–4 p.m. Read a full statement about the venue change.

The University of Tampa will hold its May Commencement on Saturday, May 6, 2017, at the Florida State Fairgrounds with more than 600 students eligible to participate in each of the two ceremonies. The ceremonies will last approximately 2 hours depending on the number of graduates who participate and the length of the speeches. No tickets are needed. In order to be included in the May Commencement program, students must apply to graduate by Friday, March 24.  

Ceremony Attendance Expectations for Graduates
In choosing to attend commencement you are required to remain in your seat until directed by the marshals to go to the platform and to exit during the recessional. The ceremony is approximately two hours, and we want to afford all graduating students and their families the respect and honor that all deserve. Florida State Fairgrounds staff will deny early exit until the graduate recessional has begun.

Commencement Schedule

Friday, May 5

Army ROTC Commissioning Ceremony
10 a.m.
  
Falk Theatre  

Reception with light refreshments will take place immediately following the ceremony in the Grand Salon, Plant Hall.

Contact information will be posted soon.
  

Interfaith Graduation Service 
4 p.m.
 
Sykes Chapel and Center for Faith and Values

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, dance, 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 wellness@ut.edu.
  

Graduation Dessert Reception
5-6 p.m.
9th Floor - Vaughn Center 

The UT Alumni Association and the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations invite graduates and their families to a dessert reception. Sweet and savory desserts along with beverages will be served.

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

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 who has graduated from UT is considered to be a legacy. The legacy photo will be taken at 5:30 p.m. in the President's Conference Room on the 9th floor of the Vaughn Center.

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

Sykes College of Business - Graduate Awards and Hooding Ceremony
6 p.m.

Bob Martinez Athletics Center

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. 

Saturday, May 6

8 a.m.-3 p.m. University Bookstore will be open.
8 a.m. Expo doors open for graduate candidates.
8:45 a.m.  All graduates for the College of Business and the College of Arts and Letters need to be checked in for the ceremony.
9:30 a.m. Commencement will begin. All graduates and guests must be seated by this time.
11:30 a.m. Estimated conclusion of the ceremony. Graduates are required to remain until the end of the ceremony. 
12:30 p.m. Expo doors open for graduate candidates.
1:15 p.m. All graduates for the College of Social Sciences, Mathematics and Education and the College of Natural and Health Sciences need to be checked in for the ceremony.
2 p.m.   Commencement will begin. All graduates and guests must be seated by this time.
4 p.m. Estimated conclusion of the ceremony. Graduates are required to remain until the end of the ceremony.

Live Stream

We are proud to bring you coverage of the May 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.

Directions and Parking

The Florida State Fairgrounds is located at 4800 U.S. Highway 301 North in Tampa. From the University, travel on I-275 North toward I-4/Orlando and merge onto I-4 East via Exit 45B. Take Exit #7 (U.S. Hwy. 301 South) and stay in the right lane heading south for 1/4 mile. Turn right into the Fairgrounds entrance. Do NOT go past the light at Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard.

** Please note there is a fee for parking.**
***Please take proper precautions for Tampa traffic.***

Registration

In order to ensure that all graduates and families are welcomed and properly accommodated for each candidate’s experience, please register to attend the ceremony by Monday, April 24, 2017.

Guests

Download/Print Commencement Guide for Visitors (PDF)
The doors to the Expo Hall will open for seating at 8 a.m. Upon entering the Expo Hall, family and friends will receive directions to the seating area. No tickets are required; there is plenty of seating for everyone. There will be concession stands for food and beverages open. All guests should be seated by 9:15 a.m. to ensure a prompt start of the ceremony.

Guests with Disabilities

Guests in wheelchairs will be directed towards accessible seating upon entrance. 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. These seats are not reserved.

Hotel Accommodations

The host hotel for the 2017 May Commencement is Hilton Tampa Downtown. Families and guests are urged to make reservations as soon as possible. Please identify yourself as an attendee of the UTSPC 2017 Spring Commencement. Reservation requests received after the cut-off date will be based on availability at the hotel’s prevailing rates. 

Contact Hilton Tampa Downtown at (813) 204-3000 or visit the reservation link by April 6, 2017. 
PLEASE MAKE YOUR RESERVATIONS EARLY. Transportation between the Hilton Tampa Downtown and the Amalie Arena may be arranged through Blue One, (813) 927-3602.