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December 2024 Commencement

Congratulations, UT Spartans! 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. 13, 2024, 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.

Please read the “Commencement Frequently Asked Questions” guide and “Commencement Brochure” for additional information. You can also email Orientation and Family Engagement at or call us at (813) 257-1999 with any questions you may have.

Student Step-by-Step Process

Students, 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 Saturday, 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 must 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.

Step 2: Apply to attend the ceremony through the Commencement Application no later than Sunday, Dec. 1.

This is a separate application where 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, accessibility accommodations for you our any of your guests, the commencement speaker application, etc.

Apply for the December Commencement Ceremony:

December 2024 Commencement Application

Step 3: Pre-order your cap and gown and more at the Grad Fair (Dates TBA)

It is highly recommended you complete the pre-order to ensure you have the correct sizing available to you for the ceremony. Pre-order information will be made available in the Fall 2024 semester.

Step 4: Pick up your cap and gown from the University bookstore (Dates TBA)

Visit the bookstore for cap, gown and honor cord pick-up before the ceremony at the University bookstore! Information on cap and gown pick up will be made available in the Fall 2024 semester.

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 Florida State Fairgrounds. 

Directions and Parking: Florida State Fairgrounds

The Florida State Fairgrounds is located at 4800 U.S. Highway 301 N. in Tampa. Cellular GPS directions to the fairgrounds vary within each app. Please use the following links to ensure you have the correct location for entrance/parking at fairgrounds – Apple Maps, Google Maps, Waze.

Directions from the University (Plant Hall): Turn left onto W Kennedy Blvd (towards Downtown Tampa), Turn left onto N Ashley Drive, Merge right onto I-275 N and take exit 45B towards I-4 E/Orlando, Take exit 7 onto US-92 E/Riverview, Merge right onto US-301 S/Riverview, Turn right into Fairgrounds entrance. If you go past the light at the intersection of US-301 S and Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, you have gone too far.

Students, families, and guest must enter via the fairgrounds entrances on US-301 or MLK only

There is no fee for parking for students, families, and guest. Disability parking is available with appropriate hangtags.

*Please note: Take proper precautions for Tampa rush-hour traffic/Commencement traffic and leave with plenty of time to arrive at the Fairgrounds. 

Hotel Information

Hotel information will be added in Summer 2024. Please check back!