May Commencement

The University of Tampa will hold its May Commencement at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 9, 2015, at the Amalie Arena in downtown Tampa with more than 1,100 students eligible to participate. The ceremony will last approximately 2 hours and 45 minutes depending on the number of graduates who participate and the length of the speeches. No tickets are needed.

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Commencement Schedule

Friday, May 8

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.

For additional information, contact the Army ROTC Department at (813) 258-7200 or email Capt. Angel Maldonado at amaldonado@ut.edu.

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.

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 alumni@ut.edu.

Graduation Reception
5-7 p.m.

9th Floor - Vaughn Center

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 2015. 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 pictures.  

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 9

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

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

If you are staying at the Embassy Suites Hotel, the Tampa Bay Times Forum is a short walk.

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 Forum 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 Forum.

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

Guests

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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 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 or two individuals 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 2015 May Commencement is Embassy Suites - Downtown. Parents and guests are urged to make reservations as soon as possible. Please identify yourself as an attendee of the UT 2015 Spring Commencement. Reservation requests received after the cut-off date will be based on availability at the hotel’s prevailing rates.

Contact Embassy Suites - Downtown at (813) 769-8300 or visit Embassy Suites by April 7, 2015. 
PLEASE MAKE YOUR RESERVATIONS EARLY. The Embassy Suites sold out before the 2014 deadline.

Transportation between the Embassy Suites and campus may be arranged at the Embassy Suites through Blue One (or call direct at (813) 927-3602).  The Amalie Arena is within walking distance.