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May Commencement

The University of Tampa will hold its May Commencement on Saturday, May 6, 2017, 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.  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 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 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

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

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

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.

8:15 am                      Arena doors open for graduate candidates.

8:45 a.m.                    All graduates 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.

12:30 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 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 Arena parking
We are proud to host UT’s commencement in the Amalie Arena, home of the successful Tampa Bay Lightning. Go Bolts! Because hockey playoffs often coincide with commencement, it is necessary for us to secure an alternate facility should our ceremony need to be moved. The alternate facility is the Expo Hall at the Florida State Fairgrounds, 4800 U.S. 301., located less than 10 miles from campus. Graduates and their families will be notified in advance if the alternate location needs to utilized.

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


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.


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 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.