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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 (Dates TBA)

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

Step 2: Apply to attend the ceremony through the Commencement Application (Dates TBA)

The Commencement Application to participate in the ceremony is now closed. If you still plan on participating in the ceremony and did not fill this out by the deadline please arrive to the ceremony and check-in as a "Walk-In Registration"

Step 3: Pre-order your cap and gown (Dates TBA)

The pre-orders for caps and gowns are now closed. Please see step four below for instructions if you did not place an order.

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

Cap and gowns are free for all UT graduates.

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

Special rate hotel information will be released at the beginning of the Spring 2023 semester.

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. 


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