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May Commencement

The University of Tampa will hold its May Commencement at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 7, 2016, at the Amalie Arena in downtown Tampa with more than 1200 students eligible to participate. The ceremony will last approximately 3 hours depending on the number of graduates who participate and the length of the speeches. No tickets are needed.

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 three hours, and we want to afford all graduating students and their families the respect and honor that all deserve. Amalie Arena staff will deny early exit from the arena until the graduate recessional has begun.

Commencement Schedule

Friday, May 6

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

Graduation Reception
5-7 p.m.
9th Floor - Vaughn Center 

UT's 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 2016. Complimentary food and beverages 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 who has graduated from UT 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

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 7

8 a.m.-3 p.m.              University Bookstore will be open.

8:15 am                      Doors open for graduate candidates.

9 a.m.                         All graduates assemble in caps and gowns for the processional.

9:30 a.m.                    Commencement will begin.

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 Amalie Arena is located at 401 Channelside Drive in Tampa. From the University entrance, take Hyde Park Boulevard south to Platt Street. Turn left (east) onto Platt Street and continue across the Platt Street Bridge and under the convention center. The arena and parking deck will be on your right at the intersection of South Morgan Street and Channelside Drive.

Graduates and their guests should park in the arena's city parking deck located just across the plaza from the arena. Other city parking facilities are also available. A parking garage is located next to the convention center and open-air lots are located near the arena. 
Amalie parking link:

** Please note there is a fee for parking.**


Download/Print Commencement Guide for Visitors (PDF)
The doors to the Forum will open for seating at 8:15 a.m. Family and friends should enter through Gates A or B, where they will receive directions to the seating area. No tickets are required; there is plenty of seating for everyone. There will be two concession stands for food and beverages and two coffee stations 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 should enter Amalie Arena at the MacDonald Ticket Office entrance. Special seating for guests with walking disabilities will be on the tops of Sections 104 to 112, which is a flat area opposite the stage. 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. If guests with limited (not severe) walking challenges want to sit closer to the stage, they should take a high row in a section closer to the stage. These seats are not reserved. The Arena's Jumbotron will be covering the ceremony and is in the center of the floor. For more information please visit Amalie Arena Accessibility.

Hotel Accommodations

The host hotel for the 2016 May Commencement is Hilton Tampa Downtown. Parents and guests are urged to make reservations as soon as possible. Please identify yourself as an attendee of the UT 2016 Spring Commencement. Reservation requests received after the cut-off date will be based on availability at the hotel’s prevailing rates. **The Hilton Tampa Downtown is nearly SOLD OUT. If the Hilton is sold out, please see below for more hotel information.

Contact Hilton Tampa Downtown at (813) 204-3000 or visit the reservation link by April 5, 2016. 
PLEASE MAKE YOUR RESERVATIONS EARLY. Transportation between the Hilton Tampa Downtown and the Amalie Arena may be arranged through Blue One, (813) 927-3602. 

Overflow Hotels

You may book your room reservation at the Embassy Suites by calling (813) 769-8300 or visiting their website by April 6. Transportation between Embassy Suites and campus may be arranged through Blue One, (813) 927-3602. The Amalie Arena is within walking distance of the hotel.

You may book your room reservation at the Westin Harbour Island by calling (813) 229-5000 or by visiting their website by April 6.