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May 2023 Commencement Ceremony

Congratulations, UT Spartans! After years of challenging and rewarding work, you will earn your degree. The May commencement ceremony will be held at 9:30 a.m and 2 p.m. Saturday, May 6, at the Expo Hall at the Florida State Fairgrounds.

Graduates from the Sykes College of Business and the College of Arts and Letters will participate in the 9:30 a.m. ceremony.

Graduates from the College of Social Sciences, Mathematics, and Education and the College of Natural and Health Sciences will participate in the 2 p.m. ceremony. 

Tickets are not required for family members or guests to attend either ceremony. However, due to limited seating, it is highly recommended that family members and guests arrive early at the Florida State Fairgrounds.

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 Friday, March 24.

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 who applied prior to March 24, please see the Graduation Candidates PDF (under Resources) to confirm your name will be included in the commencement program. If you did not fill out the graduation application by March 24, your name will not be included in the physical program and will not appear on this list. 

If you have any questions regarding your status please reach out to diplomas@ut.edu

Step 2: Apply to attend the ceremony through the Commencement Application no later than Saturday, April 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 Friday, March 3.

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 and gown and more at the Grad Fair Feb. 20 and Feb. 21.

Visit the Grad Fair taking place at the University Bookstore Monday, Feb. 20, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. to Tuesday, Feb. 21, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., to pre-order your cap and gown, graduation announcement, class rings, etc.

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 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! Please visit the second floor of the Bookstore dates TBA. 

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.  

Additional Information

Planning for commencement day can be a stressful experience for students and family members. Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions to find specific information that will aid in your planning for commencement day! 

Hotel Information

There are a variety of hotels close to The University of Tampa campus. For the 2023 May commencement, the University is partnering with the Hyatt Place/Hyatt House Tampa Downtown, 325 N. Florida Ave., and the Sheraton Tampa Riverwalk, 200 N. Ashley Drive, 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 $199/night (valid Friday, May 5 - Sunday, May 7) 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 May Commencement group or utilize code G-XPTK. The deadline to make reservations at this rate is 11:59 p.m. local time Thurs, April 7th.  

Sheraton Tampa Riverwalk - The rate of $189/night (valid Thurs, May 4 - Sun, May 7) includes a river view king or city view double, wi-fi and 25% off overnight parking. 

Please book Sheraton Tampa Riverwalk online here or call Sheraton Reservations directly at 813-761-3201 and mention you are with the University of Tampa Commencement. The deadline to make reservations at this rate is 5 p.m. local time Tues, April 4.

Please call us back if you have any questions.

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

Family Communication Philosophy

While we understand family members and guests are excited to celebrate their student's achievements at commencement, we are only able to provide general information about the ceremony as opposed to student-specific information. Please visit the Student Affairs Family Communication Philosophy for more information. 

Questions?

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