DCP Spring 2016 Commencement
If you have any questions about the Spring 2016 Commencement, please contact Emily Buchanan at firstname.lastname@example.org or 352-294-1421.
- April 30 at 10 a.m.: Graduates assemble for the processional
- April 30 at 10:45 a.m.: the processional starts – all guests must be seated prior to 10:45 a.m. Late arrivals must wait to be seated until the processional ends.
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Day of Ceremony
Arrive at 10 a.m.
Candidates will need to arrive at 10 a.m. at the Phillips Center for Performing Arts. Master’s students should enter through the stage door. Bachelor’s students should enter the back stage area through the hallway door from the lobby. View map.
Please be on time. Candidates should arrive promptly at 10 a.m. Candidates who arrive late must march at the end of the procession. Once the procession begins at 10:45 a.m., there is no opportunity to join your group. Candidates will be seated on the stage, so late arrivals may have to sit off stage.
Do Not Bring Valuable Items, such as purses
Do not bring items of value with you such as purses, cameras, etc. There will be no secure storage. The college is not responsible for items left backstage.
When you pick up your regalia at the UF Bookstore, you will be given a name card. This card is very important and will allow you easy entrance into the Phillips Center. Please bring it with you to commencement and do not mutilate, fold or damage this card in any way.
Before arriving, please complete the front and back of the card. You will retain this card until you are ready to be individually recognized during the ceremony. When you reach the front of the stage, you will hand your card to the announcer. To help ensure the correct pronunciation of your name, please read these guidelines.
Candidates should arrive wearing their caps and gowns. Men should wear dark trousers and dark shoes. Women should wear dark clothing and dark shoes. Coats and jackets are not recommended.
The academic mortarboard (cap) must be worn during the processional and when standing; you may remove it while you are seated. Men should remove their caps during the National Anthem and university’s alma mater.
Candidates for a baccalaureate degree should place the tassel on the right side of the mortarboard until the degree is conferred; tassels are moved to the left side when the degree is conferred.
All other degree candidates should place the tassel on the left side of the mortarboard, where it will remain.
Guests must bring tickets and should be seated for the processional by 10:45 a.m. Commencement protocol does not permit seating of guests during the processional; late arrivals must wait to be seated until the processional ends. General admission seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.
The Phillips Center for Performing Arts requires tickets for entrance to all events, including commencement. If you have extra tickets that you are not using, please turn them into Emily Buchanan in 364 ARCH or bring them with you to commencement and turn them in at the college’s information table in the lobby. This will allow us to give them to others who might need the tickets.
Candidates picking up tickets at commencement: See Emily Buchanan at the college information table in the lobby.
The college has arranged to have the DCP Commencement webcast during the ceremony on April 30. In addition, the video stream will be archived so that you can view it after the ceremony. The link to the webcast will begin streaming at 10:45 a.m. on April 30.
All commencement guests should remain in their seats while taking photographs or video. Photographs of the graduates as they cross the stage are available through companies that have contracts with the university. These companies will contact you about purchasing professional photographs.
Diplomas are ordered for all graduating students by the Office of the University Registrar. Diplomas are ordered following the end of the graduation term for that term’s graduating class, as soon as the individual schools and departments have posted their graduates’ degrees to the students’ educational records. Your diploma will be mailed to your permanent home mailing address. Please verify your permanent mailing address here.
If you have additional questions about commencement, please contact us by email at email@example.com or call Emily Buchanan at 352-294-1421.
Congratulations to the Class of 2016!
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Check out webcasts and photos from previous commencements.