December 2023 Commencement
Congratulations, UT Spartan! After years of challenging and rewarding work, you will earn your degree. The December commencement ceremony will take place at 9:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 15, at the Expo Hall at the Florida State Fairgrounds. Please follow this step-by-step guide to ensure you are set to graduate on time and/or participate in the commencement ceremony.
Step 1: Apply to graduate on Workday no later than Thursday, Oct. 26.
Log into your MyUTampa and use the Workday widget to apply to graduate and have your degree conferred. Please note, in order to graduate from UT you still need to complete this step, even if it is past the deadline.
Students are highly encouraged to apply prior to Oct. 26 to confirm their name will be included in the commencement program. If you do not fill out the graduation application by Oct. 26, your name will not be included in the physical program.
If you have any questions regarding your status please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Step 2: Register to attend the ceremony through the Commencement Application, no later than Wednesday, Nov. 15.
Within this separate application from step one, you will provide the Office of Orientation and Family Engagement information relevant to your commencement ceremony experience. This information includes the phonetic spelling of your name to be read, accommodations for you or any of your guests, the commencement speaker application, etc.
Please apply to participate in December commencement here!
Step 3: Pre-order your cap/gown and more at the Grad Fair (Dates TBA).
Caps and gowns are free to all UT graduates. It is highly recommended you complete a pre-order to ensure you have the correct sizing available to you for the ceremony. Grad Fair and pre-order information will be made available in early Fall 2023.
Step 4: Pick up your cap, gown and honor cords from the University Bookstore (Dates TBA).
Visit the bookstore for cap, gown and honor cord pick-up before the ceremony at the University Bookstore! Pick-up information will be made available in early Fall 2023.
Please note, academic regalia will not be available for on-site pick up at the commencement ceremony and must be obtained before coming to the fairgrounds.
For the December 2023 commencement ceremony, the University is partnering with Hyatt Place Tampa Downtown, 325 N. Florida Ave, and Hilton Tampa Downtown, 211 N. Tampa St., to serve as our host hotels.
Special rates will apply to our UT families for each hotel. Please use the following to make a reservation:
Hyatt Place/Hyatt House Tampa - The rate of $269/night (valid Thursday, December 14 - Sunday, December 17) includes a one-bedroom king or double queen room, hot breakfast, wi-fi, outdoor heated pool and terrace. Valet parking is an additional charge $33 a night.
Please book Hyatt Place/Hyatt House Tampa online here or call Hyatt Reservations directly at (800) 233-1234 and mention you are with the University of Tampa 2023 December Commencement group or utilize code G-ASTN. The deadline to make reservations at this rate is 11:59 p.m. local time Friday, November 17th.
Hilton Tampa Downtown - The rate of $155/night (valid Thursday, December 14 - Monday, December 18) includes a one-bedroom king pool view, wi-fi, outdoor pool, fitness center, and business center. Valet parking is an additional charge $37 a night.
Please book Hilton Tampa Downtown online here. The deadline to make reservations at this rate is 11:59 p.m. local time Tuesday, November 14.
Find additional hotels located close to the UT campus. Families should make reservations directly with the hotel.
I’m a senior graduating in December. How do I receive my cap and gown?
Students should collect their cap and gown from the University Bookstore (dates TBA). Visit the second floor of the bookstore during their normal business hours to collect regalia and other items. Other students, family or guests may collect on the student's behalf.
I will be graduating with honors. How do I receive my honor cords?
Students who qualify for honor distinction will be contacted by the Registrar's Office to receive their honor cords.
I am graduating in December, can I walk in the May ceremony instead?
Unfortunately at this time, we are unable to accommodate requests to walk in a different ceremony from the semester you are graduating UT. If you are a January or August graduate you will have the option to select either the December and May ceremony to participate in since UT does not host ceremonies during those months.
How many guests can I have?
Guest seating is limited and it is strongly recommended to invite six or fewer guests per graduate. Please note tickets are not required and seating is first come first serve in the Expo Hall. It is suggested to arrive early to secure seating.
How do I request accessibility needs?
Graduates will have the opportunity to disclose any accessibility requests at the end of their commencement application for themselves or their guests. Please reach out to the Orientation and Family Engagement office if you have specific questions or concerns at email@example.com or by calling (813) 257-1999.
From the last few weeks on campus to the virtual celebration, follow graduates as they share their commencement experience on social media.