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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

Family and friends are encouraged to visit the commencement website,, 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 Thank you in advance for taking the survey!


Please contact Orientation and Family Engagement at or (813) 257-1999.