Spring 2019 Commencement

Spring 2019 Commencement

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Date & Time

Sunday, May 5, 2019
3:30 p.m.

Location

RP Funding Center, Jenkins Arena
701 W. Lime St.
Lakeland, FL 33815

Speaker

Florida Poly is honored that retired General Kevin P. Chilton will be the 2019 Commencement speaker. General Chilton completed a 34 1/2 year Air Force career as Commander of U.S. Strategic Command from 2007 to 2011, where he was responsible for the plans and operations for all U.S. forces conducting strategic deterrence and the Department of Defense’s space and cyberspace operations.  Prior to this assignment, General Chilton commanded at the wing, numbered air force, major command, and unified combatant command levels including serving as Commander of Air Force Space Command from 2006 to 2007. His Pentagon staff assignments included; Deputy Director for Political-Military Affairs for Asia, Pacific and the Middle East; Deputy Director for Air Force Programs, and Assistant Vice Chief of Staff of the Air Force. He also served 11 years as a NASA astronaut, where he flew as the Commander of STS-76, his third Space Shuttle mission, and served as the Deputy Program Manager for Operations for the International Space Station Program.

General Chilton is a distinguished graduate of the US Air Force Academy, with a Bachelor of Sciences degree in Engineering Sciences, a Columbia University Guggenheim Fellow with a Master of Sciences degree in Mechanical Engineering, and a distinguished graduate of the US Air Force pilot training and test pilot schools.  He also was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Creighton University.

General Chilton currently serves as an independent consultant and as a Director for the CenturyLink and Aerojet Rocketdyne Corporations. He is a trustee for Air Force Academy Falcon Foundation and the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo Foundation, a member of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories Board of Governors, and a member of the Sandia National Laboratory Board of Managers.  He is a former Director of the Aerospace Corp, Anadarko Petroleum Corp, Level 3 Corp, Orbital ATK Corp, HDT Corp and Schafer Corp.

Graduates

Graduate Application

The deadline to apply for graduation was February 4, 2019.

Speaker Application

What words of wisdom would you like to impart before you graduate? Interested students may apply to speak at the ceremony. The application deadline was 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8.

Commencement Fair

The Commencement Fair will be held March 13-14, in the IST commons. At the fair, graduates can:

  • Checkout with the Registrar’s Office
  • Pick-up their commencement guide and guest tickets (up to six per student)
  • Checkout with financial aid
  • Order a cap and gown
  • Complete other required documents

Memorabilia

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

Caps & Gowns

Students must wear a cap and gown purchased from Herff-Jones. Cap and gowns are available for pickup during normal bookstore hours, between April 23 and May 3. Students are required to wear professional dress and dress shoes under their gown.

Rehearsal

All graduates are encouraged to attend the rehearsal on Friday, May 3 at 10 a.m. in the IST commons.

Tickets

Each graduate participating will receive up to six free tickets. All guests must have a ticket (except lap infants). Tickets will be available for pick up at the Commencement Fair (see above).

Contact

If you have questions about Commencement or are a candidate for graduation, please contact the Office of the University Registrar by email.

Guest Information

Accessibility Information

The RP Funding center is compliant with the Americans with Disability Act (ADA). For more information, visit Accessibility-RP Funding Center . To request ADA accommodations, contact Michelle Disson at least 14 days in advance by email or call 863-874-8484. Requests received after April 15 will be processed, but the university cannot guarantee those request can be fulfilled.

Parking

Free parking is available in the red and green parking lots. Families and guest are urged to arrive in time to be seated by 3:20 p.m. The ceremony will begin promptly at 3:30 p.m.

Security

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.

Tickets

Each graduate participating in the ceremony can request up to six tickets. All guests must have a ticket (except lap infants) to attend the ceremony.

Memorabilia

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

Caps & Gowns

Students must wear a cap and gown purchased from Herff-Jones.

Accommodations

Hampton Inn & Suites Lakeland-South Polk Parkway
3630 LAKESIDE VILLAGE BLVD, LAKELAND, FL 33803
863-603-7600

Hampton Inn Lakeland
4420 NORTH SOCRUM LOOP RD., LAKELAND, FL 33809
863-816-2525

Hilton Garden Inn Lakeland
3839 DON EMERSON DR, LAKELAND, FL 33811
863-647-0066

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Lakeland North I-4
4500 LAKELAND PARK DRIVE, LAKELAND FL, 33809
863.595.4500

Residence Inn Lakeland
3701 HARDEN BLVD. LAKELAND, FL 33803
863-680-2323

The Terrace Hotel
329 E MAIN ST, LAKELAND, FL 33801
863-688-0800

TownePlace Suites by Marriott Lakeland
3370 NORTH ROAD 98, LAKELAND, FL 33805
863-680-1115

Best Western Auburndale Inn & Suites
1008 US HWY 92 W AUBURNDALE, FLORIDA 33823
863-551-3400