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Commencement

Guest Information

 

Information for Families, Friends, and Guests

Parents and families, here’s everything you need to know about commencement, including hotel accommodations, tickets, and more. 

To request ADA accommodations, contact Michelle Disson at least three days in advance by sending an email to ada@floridapoly.edu or calling 863-874-8484. Requests received after the deadline will be processed, but the university cannot guarantee those requests can be fulfilled. Feel free to reach out if you have any questions or concerns. 

A list of local hotels is available to help guests plan their stay in Lakeland.

Guests should enter through the main entrance/Home Plate Gate and park in the general parking spaces. Handicap accessible parking is available through the main entrance. Gates will open at 9 a.m.

Concession stands will be closed, but water will be available for purchase.

All graduates and guests are encouraged to pay careful attention to the weather forecast in the days ahead of the event and prepare accordingly. If rain is predicted, all attendees are encouraged to bring a poncho or rain jacket. Umbrellas will not be permitted in the stadium. In the case of lightening, the event may be delayed; however, the event will go on rain or shine. All related updates will be posted on the University's official Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Commencement items, including graduation announcements, class rings and diploma frames, are available through Herff-Jones.

Lifetouch is the official photographer for commencement. The photographers will have clear access to take photos of the graduates during the ceremony. Graduates and their families will have the opportunity to order commencement photos from Lifetouch. You will be sent a link to order your commencement photos when they become available. Visit events.lifetouch.com to find the photos taken at the 2021 Commencement.
Every person attending commencement is expected to accept personal responsibility for their actions by following all current CDC recommendations and University policies and procedures. Guidance from the U.S Center for Disease Control (CDC) continues to emphasize that everyone must follow all steps to protect themselves and others from COVID-19 at all times. This includes proper use of face masks, social distancing, and personal hygiene. It is important to note that CDC guidance is based on what is currently known about COVID-19 and its variants.
A recording of the ceremony will be posted online within a week of the event.
Guests will be wanded upon entrance and all bags will be checked. Clear bags are recommended to provide an efficient security process.
Share your Florida Poly pride before, during, and after the ceremony by tagging your pics #FLPolyGrad on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Each graduate will receive four guest tickets that will be grouped together. The tickets will be assigned seating and distributed randomly to each graduate by the Registrar’s Office. Students may pick up their tickets at the Registrar's office during normal business hours between Monday, April 26 and Wednesday, April 28. Each guest must have a ticket to enter the stadium. Unfortunately, there are no additional tickets available due to COVID-19 social distancing protocols.

Is You Student about to Graduate? 

Graduation doesn’t signal the end of your student's journey with Florida Poly. Check out these resources and opportunities to connect and give back to the University. 
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Commencement items, including graduation announcements, class rings and diploma frames, are available through Herff-Jones.
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All graduates have the opportunity to participate in the Senior Class Gift. For more information visit floridapoly.edu/alumni.

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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.