Congratulations, Spartans!

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

All In-person May Commencement Ceremonies Canceled

By March 17, the CDC had announced new guidelines that no mass gatherings consisting of 50 people or more should be held in the United States for the next eight weeks, directly impacting our May Commencement ceremonies. To ensure we are protecting the welfare of our graduates, families, guests, faculty, and staff, the difficult decision has been made to cancel all in-person commencement and related commencement activities for this term.

Recognizing that commencement represents an important celebration of the accomplishment of our students as they conclude their academic journey we will be delivering our traditional commencement ceremony by alternative means and not face-to-face delivery. Please know that while The University of Tampa will still confer degrees in May, we understand the immense disappointment felt by our graduates and their loved ones.

UT is currently working on developing alternative plans to celebrate all of our graduates’ accomplishments. Therefore, students should continue to register for graduation by the March 24 deadline. Registration is located under the ‘Academics’ tab on your SpartanWeb account. Additional information regarding the alternate plans will be emailed to those who have registered and made available on this webpage.

December Commencement is Friday, Dec. 18, 2020.

Academic Regalia


You can now pre-order your cap and gown.

Kickoff your countdown to commencement at Grad Bash – your one-stop shop for all graduation needs. Grad Bash will be held at the UT campus bookstore on Monday, March 2 , from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Tuesday, March 3, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

In addition to being able to pre-order your cap and gown, representatives from Herff Jones will be on campus offering special deals on class rings and announcement packages. The bookstore will also have special discounts only available in-store and will be raffling off a FREE diploma frame!

Plan to attend this fun, exciting event as you prepare to become a UT alum.

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.