Spring 2018 Commencement

Florida Poly’s spring 2018 commencement will be held at 3:30 p.m. on Fri., May 4 at RP Funding Center, Youkey Theater, 701 W. Lime St., Lakeland, Florida. Free parking is available in the East Lot. Doors will open at 2 p.m. and all guests must have a ticket.

Graduation rehearsal will be on May 4 (time will be determined).

Information for Students

Students should report to the East Exhibit Hall at RP Funding Center by 1 p.m. May 4.

Student Checklist


Commencement Application

All students who plan to graduate must submit a graduation application to the Office of the University Registrar by April 13. 

Speaker Application

What words of wisdom would you like to impart before you graduate? Interested student may apply to speak at the ceremony. The applications were closed as of February 2, 2018.

Required Apparel

A cap and gown package is available through the University Bookstore. Last day to order cap and gowns is March 16th per the website. Students are required to wear professional dress and dress shoes under their gown. Caps may be decorated.


Other commencement memorabilia, including graduation announcements, class rings and diploma frames, are available through Herff Jones.


Families may choose to order photos of their graduate (taken during the ceremony) from GradImages. To learn more (or pre-register for a 20 percent discount), visit their website.


Tickets are available at no cost. Each graduate may have up to 10 tickets. Tickets will be available at the front desk of the Student Development Center (in February) between April 16-30. On May 1, all remaining tickets will become available to those who need extras and other students and community members who would like to attend the event.

Contact Information

For more information or questions please contact Tonya Chestnut.

Information for Guests


Best Western Auburndale Inn & Suites
1008 US HWY 92 W Auburndale, Florida 33823
P: 863.551.3400  F: 863.551.3437

Hampton Inn & Suites Lakeland-South Polk Parkway
3630 Lakeside Village Blvd, Lakeland, FL 33803
Phone: 863-603-7600

Hampton Inn Lakeland
4420 North Socrum Loop Rd., Lakeland, FL 33809
Phone: 863-816-2525

Hilton Garden Inn Lakeland
3839 Don Emerson Dr, Lakeland, FL 33811
Phone: 863-647-0066

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Lakeland North I-4
4500 Lakeland Park Drive, Lakeland FL, 33809
P: 863.595.4500 F: 863.595-1700

Residence Inn Lakeland
3701 Harden Blvd. Lakeland, FL 33803
Phone: 863-680-2323

The Terrace Hotel
329 E Main St, Lakeland, FL 33801
Phone: 863-688-0800

TownePlace Suites by Marriott Lakeland
3370 North Road 98, Lakeland, FL 33805
Phone: 863-680-1115


The RP Funding Center is compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Youkey Theatre events use the East Lot and handicap ramp. Assisted listening devices are available on a first come, first served basis. For more information, visit the RP Funding Center website.