Congratulations, Spartans!

After years of challenging and rewarding work, you are going to earn your degree! What an important milestone!

December Commencement

Friday, Dec. 13, 2019, 1 p.m.
Florida State Fairgrounds
No tickets needed.

Celebrate your graduation by attending The University of Tampa December Commencement ceremony on Friday, Dec. 13, 2019. The ceremony will take place at the Florida State Fairgrounds.

Visit the December Commencement page for the full schedule, hotel, directions, parking, restaurants and frequently asked questions.

Academic Regalia


Students who pre-ordered their caps and gowns can pick them up at the Senior Send Off on Dec. 2 and 3 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. in Vaughn Center Lobby. If you were unable to preorder your cap and gown, no worries! The bookstore will have extra caps and gowns available there as well. There will be a limit of each size while supplies last, so please plan accordingly. 

Stole of Gratitude

The Stole of Gratitude offers an opportunity for a graduate to demonstrate appreciation to anyone who helped turn their dream of a college education into a reality.

The Stole of Gratitude is worn during the commencement ceremony. After the ceremony, the new graduate presents the stole to someone who provided extraordinary help or support. Any parent, relative or mentor who helped the graduate by offering wisdom, words of support or financial assistance could be a recipient of the stole. Immediately after graduation, the graduate may take the stole from around their neck and place it around the neck of the recipient. More than one stole may be worn during commencement, symbolizing that there are multiple persons destined to receive Stoles of Gratitude.

International Stole

International stoles represent the country of origin or ancestry for a student, or the academic accomplishments of a student who has studied abroad. International stoles can be worn during the commencement ceremony.

For questions regarding academic regalia, please contact the bookstore at (813) 253-6230.


Please contact Orientation and Family Engagement at or (813) 257-1999. 

The 2020 May Commencement ceremony will take place on Saturday, May 9, 2020. For more information regarding the ceremony, please visit the May Commencement page for the full schedule, hotel, directions, parking, restaurants and frequently asked questions.