Congratulations, Spartans!

On behalf of the university, we would like to congratulate you, once again, on the completion of your degree of study. The decision to transfer the in-person commencement experience to a virtual experience was made on the basis of providing our campus community and guests a safe environment amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. This decision was made understanding the importance of celebrating the accomplishments of this milestone and your academic achievements. The University of Tampa remains committed to providing the opportunity to all those who would like to participate in an in-person ceremony the opportunity to do so. Regrettably, with the increase of COVID-19 cases, it is uncertain how long the pandemic will continue to impact our University community.

In light of the continued uncertainty, the December 2020 commencement ceremony will be held as a virtual experience. In the event that the University is able to host an in-person commencement ceremony in May, you will have the opportunity to participate. The ceremony is scheduled to take place on Saturday, May 8, 2021, at the Expo Hall at the Florida State Fairgrounds. Students who had previously submitted the intent to participate in the December 2020 ceremony will be included in all communication regarding information for the May 2021 ceremony. If you have not completed the registration form and would still would like to participate in the ceremony, please submit the registration form by March 26, 2021. If you had previously registered to participate in an in-person commencement ceremony and are unable to attend the May 2021 ceremony, please notify us at commencement@ut.edu.

Family and friends are encouraged to visit the commencement website, ut.edu/commencement, for additional information.

Please note that with the conclusion of the spring semester, the Registrar's Office is beginning the process of conferring degrees. A physical diploma can be expected to start arriving 10-12 weeks after all individual coursework is finished. 

May 2020 Virtual Commencement
May 9, 11 a.m.

May 2020 Virtual Commencement Event

The University of Tampa recognizes that commencement represents an important celebration of our graduates’ academic achievement. The final semester for our May graduates abruptly ended due to COVID-19 pandemic. While the safety of our campus community and guests is our top priority, this does not undermine the importance of celebrating the accomplishment of this milestone.

Despite these challenges, the University has made it a priority to honor and celebrate our students and their families and hosted a virtual May ceremony for spring graduates. The ceremony included remarks by President Ronald Vaughn, as well as special messages from the academic deans and student challenge speakers. In addition, each graduate was personally recognized.

First Destination Survey

As you begin your next big adventure, we want to know where you are headed! You will receive an email from the Office of the President with subject line Class of 2020 – Share your plans for life after UT. This email contains a link to UT’s First Destination Survey. Information regarding your post-graduation plans increases the value of your UT degree, enhances UT’s reputation, and assesses the quality of your academic and career education experience. The answers you provide help us to collect valuable data to report back to various accreditation and news agencies. Please direct all questions regarding the survey to Kelly Allgeier at kallgeier@ut.edu. Thank you in advance for taking the survey!

Questions?

Please contact Orientation and Family Engagement at  commencement@ut.edu or (813) 257-1999. 

Frequently Asked Questions Get answers to frequently asked questions regarding the May 2020 Virtual Commencement Ceremony... more » close »

I’m a senior graduating in May. How do I receive my cap and gown?
The UT bookstore will be assembling grad kits (cap, gown, honor cords, diploma covers, etc.) that will be mailed to May 2020 graduates. In order to do so, the bookstore needs seniors’ most accurate mailing address and asks them to complete the quick spring graduation survey by April 27. If you have not yet pre-ordered your cap and gown, the graduation survey allows you to order at this time. After April 27, academic regalia will no longer be available to order.

I will be graduating with honors. How do I receive my honor cords?
Students who qualify for honor distinction will receive their honor cords with their cap and gown, as long their caps and gowns have been pre-ordered by April 27 using the spring graduation survey.

Am I able to walk in the December commencement ceremony?
Yes. May 2020 graduates may elect to walk in the December commencement ceremony. The ceremony will be held on Friday, Dec. 18, 2020, at the Expo Hall at the Florida State Fairgrounds. Students must complete the graduation application by Oct. 24 and select that they want to walk in the December ceremony. The application is located on SpartanWeb, under the ‘Academics’ tab. 

How do I request a May commencement ceremony program?
Following the May commencement ceremony, students will be mailed two programs. Programs will be mailed to the address students provided in the graduation application; this is the same address students provided for diplomas to be mailed to them. Students may request additional programs by emailing commencement@ut.edu. There will be a limited number of additional commencement programs available.

How can I experience the May virtual commencement?
Students who have registered to graduate in May will receive an email from the Office of Orientation and Family Engagement with information on how to experience the virtual commencement. The information will also be posted here on this commencement webpage.

How can I participate in May Commencement on social media?
Students and family members may elect to submit photos through social media by tagging #UTampaGrad and @uoftampa. Photos and videos, as appropriate, will be shared across the University's platforms (Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook, Twitter, TikTok) and in the commencement social feed for the Class of 2020 found on the May Commencement website. There are a selection of UT-specific graduation GIFs also available on Snapchat and Instagram stories. 

What type of content should I submit?
Students and families are encouraged to submit photos and videos celebrating their graduate’s milestone. This can include:

  • Congratulation signs
  • Graduation photos with the student in graduation regalia
  • Family photos