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December 2022 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. 16, 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 Wednesday, 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 have your name listed in the program this must be completed by Oct. 26. 

No exceptions can be made to add your name to the program if submitted after the deadline date. 

If you have any questions regarding your graduation status or your expected completion date please reach out to diplomas@ut.edu.

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

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. 

Commencement application link

Leave Your UT Legacy! Apply to Speak at Commencement by Saturday, Oct. 1

Students interested in speaking at commencement must apply within the Commencement Application before Oct. 3 and provide the following documentation:

  • Challenge Speech
  • A brief statement discussing why you should be selected to speak at commencement

More information on formatting and word limits can be found on the commencement application or by contacting commencement@ut.edu.

Step 3: Pre-order your cap/gown and more at the Grad Fair Monday, Oct. 10 through Tuesday, Oct. 11. 

Visit the Grad Fair taking place at the University Bookstore Monday, Oct. 10, to Tuesday, Oct. 11, from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. to pre-order your cap and gown, graduation announcement, class rings, etc.

Commencement representatives will also be on-site to answer any questions about the ceremony you may have and will have information handouts for you to take with you.

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.

Step 4: Pick up your cap, gown and honor cords from the University Bookstore Tuesday, Nov. 29 through Friday, Dec. 2. 

Visit the bookstore for cap, gown and honor cord pick-up before the ceremony at the University Bookstore! Please visit the second floor of the Bookstore Tuesday, Nov. 29 - Thursday, Dec. 1, from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. or Friday, Dec. 2, from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m to obtain your items. 

Distribution after those dates will take place at the University Bookstore's first floor. 

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.  

Hotel Information

For the December 2022 Commencement Ceremony, the University is partnering with the Hilton Tampa Downtown, 211 N. Tampa St., to serve as our host hotel. A special rate will apply for our UT families available from Thursday, Dec. 15, to Monday, Dec. 19. In order to obtain the special UT rate, book online here

Find additional hotels located close to the UT campus. Families should make reservations directly with the hotel.