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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 863-874-8484.
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.