Up-To-Date Commencement and Graduation Information
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Commencement and Graduation Information

  Updated April 15

This year’s May 3 event was canceled due to COVID-19. It has been rescheduled for Friday, Dec. 18 at 3:30 p.m. at the RP Funding Center. The information below has been updated.

Florida Poly holds one commencement ceremony each year, in May. The event is normally held on the first Sunday of May at 3:30 p.m. at the RP Funding Center. The center is located at 701 W. Lime St., Lakeland, Florida. All guests must have a ticket (except lap infants).

This year’s May 3 event was canceled due to COVID-19. The event has been rescheduled for Friday, Dec. 18 at 3:30 p.m.

Commencement is hosted by University Relations and the Office of the University Registrar with assistance from many other departments on campus. For more information contact the Office of the University Registrar by email. 

 

Congratulations Class of 2020

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Information for Graduates

There are several key dates and deadlines for students who are graduating. The dates for each of these items is shared with students on the website, via the Weekly Phoenix, through emails from the Office of the University Registrar, and in the university’s mobile app.

Students are encouraged to Apply for Graduation at least two semesters prior to when they plan to graduate. Deadlines associated with this application are available on the Academic Calendar.

Each year the Office of Student Development invites students to apply to serve as the student speaker at graduation. Review the criteria above the application. The application deadline is generally in February and auditions follow soon after. For more information contact the Student Development Department.

Each year the Office of Student Development invites students to apply to sign the National Anthem at graduation. The application deadline and auditions are generally held in March. For more information contact the Student Development Department.

Students must wear cap and gown purchased from Herff-Jones. March 13 is the deadline to order cap and gowns and will be available for pickup from the university bookstore during normal business hours. Students are required to wear professional dress and dress shoes under their gown.

Graduation doesn’t signal the end of your journey with Florida Poly. As a member of the Alumni Association, you can join in our efforts to foster the mission of the University, network with fellow alumni and inspire future generations of STEM leaders.
 It’s almost that time! Before you walk across the stage make sure you’re squared away to graduate. Come to the Commencement Fair April 8 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. in the Student Development Center. At the Commencement Fair, graduates will have the opportunity to:
  • Checkout with the Registrar’s Office
  • Pick-up their commencement guide and guest tickets
  • Checkout with financial aid
  • Bring your cap and gown to pose for your formal graduation portrait.
  • Complete other required documents
  • Learn more about the Alumni Association
  • Receive advice from Career Services
Commencement items, including graduation announcements, class rings and diploma frames, are available through Herff-Jones.
 Lifetouch is the official photographer for commencement. They will have photographers with clear access to the stage during the ceremony. Families may choose to order photos of their graduate. Visit events.lifetouch.com and provide Lifetouch with your contact information and they will email you a link as soon as your pictures become available. Those photos are generally available about two to four weeks after graduation.
Graduates are encouraged to attend graduation rehearsal on Friday, May 1, 2020, from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. located in the IST commons before commencement. Students do NOT need to wear their cap and gown for the rehearsal.
The safety of all our guests and graduates is our utmost priority. Metal detectors will be stationed at all entrances to the arena and all bags are subjected to be searched. Please check the list of RP Funding Center guidelines of items that are prohibited in the arena.
All graduates have the opportunity to participate in the Senior Class Gift. For more information visit floridapoly.edu/alumni.
 #FLPolyGrad is the official hashtag used on all university social media accounts to celebrate graduation. Before and after the ceremony, students, friends, and family will have the opportunity to take photos with props and a Florida Poly backdrop.
 All guests must have a ticket (except lap infants). The number of tickets each graduate receives is based on the total number of graduates and the capacity of the venue. Tickets are generally available to pick-up on campus in April.

Information for Families

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The RP Funding Center is compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). For more information, visit the RP Funding Center website. To request ADA accommodations, individuals should contact Michelle Disson at least 14 days in advance by sending an email to ada@floridapoly.edu or by calling 863-874-8484.

Lakeland Hotels

Doors generally open one hour before the ceremony begins.

Commencement items, including graduation announcements, class rings and diploma frames, are available through the university bookstore.

 The safety of all our guests and graduates is our utmost priority. Metal detectors will be stationed at all entrances to the arena and all bags are subjected to be searched. Please check the list of RP Funding Center guidelines of items that are prohibited in the arena.
Share your Florida Poly pride before, during, and after the ceremony by tagging your pics #FLPolyGrad on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
All guests must have a ticket (except lap infants) to attend the ceremony.