Frequently Asked Questions Concerning Commencement
When should I apply to graduate?
- Do not apply for graduation until the semester you will actually complete your last class, or requirement for your degree(s) whether it be a Class, Field Study, or Internship.
If I applied for graduation am I set to walk at the ceremony?
- Applying for graduation is completely separate from registering to attend the ceremony. Some graduating students choose to not attend the ceremony. In order to have an accurate count of chairs for graduate seating, you must rsvp for the ceremony as well.
What time should I arrive for my ceremony?
- Students should arrive at least 45 minutes prior to their ceremony. You should be prepared to stand and wait in line during the line-up process.
How will they announce my name?
- Each graduate will receive a 3x5 reader card with their cap and gown order. Students should fill out the card with their name as they want it announced, a phonetic spelling, and circle any honors designation for which they are eligible. Students will give the Reader their card when entering the stage. Please do not roll the card up, make extraneous marks on it, etc. as this just makes it more difficult for the Reader to announce you properly. The photographers use this card as well to keep track of the photo orders.
- If you have irretrievably lost your card, ask a volunteer for a replacement card at the ceremony. He or she should have a limited supply of replacement cards on hand during line up.
How should the mortar board be worn?
- In general, the mortar board sits level on the top of the head, so the board portion is parallel with the floor.
On which side of the mortar should the tassel be worn?
- Undergraduate students should wear the tassel on the right side. The President will indicate during the ceremony when the tassel should be moved to the left side.
- Graduate students should wear the tassel on the left side.
Will I be hooded on stage?
- Graduate students will be hooded during the main Commencement ceremony for their respective college.
How many people can I invite to the Commencement ceremony?
- Currently, there is no limit to the number of people you may invite. UWF does not distribute tickets.
How do I know if I graduate with honors?
- Please view the Honors tab to the left under 'Graduates'. You will find that information there.
- You may also view the Undergraduate Catalog for detailed information on Baccalaureate Honors.
- Baccalaureate Honors are printed on the diploma and transcript.
- UWF does not recognize honors for graduate students since a 3.5 is the required minimum for admission in any graduate program.
I am an honors graduate. How do I indicate this and get my honors announced?
- Note that honors are only for those receiving their bachelor's degrees. Undergraduates will note their level of honors on the 3x5 card to be provided to the Reader on stage. Circle your designation on the card clearly so the Reader can announce it properly.
How should the honor cords be worn?
- Students should drape the honor cords over their shoulders, with the cords hanging down each side of the gown. If you are uncertain, your college marshal should help you during line up.
I am a member of a sorority (fraternity, etc.); what exactly may be worn with the cap and gown?
- In general, students may wear their sorority or fraternity "stole" around the neck with the sides hanging down each side of the gown. They may also wear cords or small ribbons awarded to them by an honorary society or group. While students will not be asked to remove them, they should refrain from wearing other decorations. Too many adornments become distracting and take away from the tradition of the event.
I applied for graduation too late to order regalia. Can I still participate in the ceremony?
- In order to participate in the ceremony, you must wear appropriate regalia. Anyone without regalia will not be allowed to walk in the ceremony. The University Bookstore orders plenty of extras for students who did not place a pre-order. Contact the University Bookstore at (850) 474-2150.
When will I receive my diploma?
- Diplomas are mailed 6-8 weeks after grades are posted and degrees are conferred. If you have not received yours at that point, please contact the Graduation Coordinator in the Office of the Registrar, firstname.lastname@example.org or (850) 474-2241.
What if I graduate during the Summer?
- Summer graduates can elect to walk in either the Spring ceremony before or the Fall after graduating. Your name will appear in the Spring Commencement program as a prospective graduate and then in the Fall program as a graduate. While UWF only has two ceremonies, degrees are conferred all three semesters- spring, summer, and fall.
How can I get a Commencement program if I was unable to attend?
- If there are any available programs afterwards, you may contact Enrollment Affairs at (850) 474-3386 or email email@example.com to obtain a copy.
Who do I contact about the pictures taken at Commencement?
- Questions regarding pictures taken at the Commencement ceremonies should be directed to Cindy Harigel at 850.474.3386.
I have family who may need assistance at the ceremony? Is there any available?
- There is handicap parking available at the front of the Pensacola Bay Center for cars with a parking permit. Guests with special needs may enter the Pensacola Bay Center at the front and take the elevator to the third floor for seating. The Pensacola Bay Center does not supply wheelchairs so guests should bring their own if needed. Special seating is very limited and on a first-come first-serve basis. Volunteers will be stationed around the building to offer direction and assistance if possible.