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Commencement at the UCF Arena

Summer 2017 Commencement

Summer 2017 Commencement will be held at the CFE Arena on Saturday, August 5, 2017.

Each candidate who participates in the commencement ceremonies will receive up to five (5) tickets for guests (Each guest, including children and infants, entering the arena is required to have a ticket). The schedule is based on the maximum seating capacity and number of participants at each ceremony.

Ceremony Schedule Information

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Arena doors will open for guests approximately 90 minutes before each ceremony begins.

Morning Ceremony - Graduate candidates should plan to arrive at the CFE Arena at least 70 minutes before the processional begins. (The ceremony will last approximately 2 hours.) 

9:00 a.m. (Procession of graduates begins at 8:40 a.m.) 

  • College of Arts and Humanities 
  • College of Business Administration
  • College of Education and Human Performance
  • College of Graduate Studies
  • College of Nursing
  • Rosen College of Hospitality Management 

Afternoon Ceremony - Graduate candidates should plan to arrive at the CFE Arena at least 70 minutes before the processional begins. (The ceremony will last approximately 2 hours.) 

2:30 p.m. (Procession of graduates begins at 2:10 p.m. 

  • College of Engineering and Computer Science
  • College of Health and Public Affairs
  • College of Medicine
  • College of Optics and Photonics
  • College of Sciences 

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  •    Ticket Information

    • Each graduate candidate will receive up to five (5) guest tickets. Students will receive tickets with a cap and gown order. 

      Event Date(s)
      Cap and Gown Order Period Mon, June 5, 2017 - Fri, June 16, 2017
      Cap and Gown and Ticket Pickup Mon, July 24, 2017 - Fri, July 28, 2017
      Extra Ticket Lottery Mon, July 24, 2017 - Fri, July 28, 2017
      Extra Ticket Lottery Pickup Tue, August 2, 2017 -Thu, August 3, 2017
      Cap and Gown Return Deadline (5PM)      Sat, August 5,2017- Sat, August 5, 2017

      UCF Orlando Campus

      Orlando campus students do not order tickets; tickets are picked up during the ticket-pickup window at the Fairwinds Alumni Center located near the CFE Arena. A photo ID will be required for pick-up.

      Doctoral candidates, top honor graduates, and Order of Pegasus graduates must pick up tickets with official academic regalia at the Fairwinds Alumni Center near the CFE Arena. They may obtain reserved seating for their guests by bringing their tickets to the Office of Constituent Relations (Millican Hall, Room 396) during ticket pick up week for a reserved seating stamp. Order of Pegasus graduates must pick up their tickets directly from the Office of Constituent Relations. Questions may be directed to the Office of Constituent Relations at (407) 823-3802.

      UCF Regional Campus

      Regional campus candidates will order and pick up tickets at their area campus (Daytona Beach, Palm Bay, and Cocoa only).

      Daytona Beach candidates should contact the Administrative Services Office for pickup; Cocoa and Palm Bay campus candidates should contact the BCC Bookstore. If a candidate from a regional campus misses the order period, the tickets will remain at the Orlando campus for pick-up until the end of the pick-up period. Students from all other regional campuses must pick up tickets at the Orlando campus. Note: Rosen College of Hospitality Management guest tickets will be available at the Rosen College Bookstore.

      Extra Commencement Tickets

      Candidates can request extra tickets through the Commencement Ticket Lottery, which is found under 'Other Academic…' within the myUCF Student Center during normal ticket pick-up times. Extra tickets are not guaranteed.

      Up to five (5) extra Commencement guest tickets may be requested by participating graduates who have an Intent to Graduate approved by the college of the student's major by the withdrawal deadline of the current term. Lottery results will be emailed to the student's campus email address after the normal ticket pick-up window. Winners of extra tickets will need to claim their tickets in person at the Barnes & Noble Bookstore @ UCF. Any forfeited tickets will be available on a first come, first served basis at the CFE Arena box office prior to each Commencement ceremony. Questions may be directed to the Registrar's Office at (407) 823-3100.

      Unable to Pick Up Tickets

      Candidates unable to pick up tickets (regular or extra) may designate a third party to do so by providing them with a letter authorizing UCF to release the tickets during the appropriate times listed above. Letters must include name of person designated to pick up the tickets, the candidate’s name, PID, college of major and signature, and must be presented at the time of ticket pick up along with a copy of the student's photo ID.

      Simulcast Locations

      Guests who do not have tickets for CFE Arena seating will have the opportunity to view a live telecast of the ceremony via closed circuit television at the Fairwinds Alumni Center and the Student Union. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. The sign language interpreter is visible on the live telecast screen. The simulcast viewing is not closed captioned.

  •    Cap and Gown and Graduate Announcements Ordering

    • Event Date(s)
      Cap and Gown Order Period
      Mon, June 5, 2017 - Fri, June 16, 2017  
      Cap and Gown and Ticket Pickup Mon, July 24, 2017 - Fri, July 28, 2017
      Cap and Gown Return Deadline (5PM) Saturday August 5 2017- Sat, August 5, 2017

      Graduate candidates participating in the University of Central Florida Commencement Ceremony are required to wear the official UCF regalia available exclusively through the UCF Bookstores and online through Herff Jones.

      All rented items are due back by 5:00 p.m. on Graduation Day. 

      If you have any questions regarding ordering, please contact the Barnes & Noble Bookstore at UCF at 407-882-0364, or the UCF Bookstore at 407-823-2665. Thank you again for your help and support in this matter.

  •    Diploma Distribution and Transcript Requests

    • Diplomas will be mailed approximately 6 to 10 weeks after the commencement ceremony to the address indicated on the student's Intent to Graduate form. Students who have changed their address should contact the College of Graduate Studies at by August 11, 2017. The College of Graduate Studies cannot guarantee proper delivery of diplomas for address changes after this date. Questions can be directed to the College of Graduate Studies at 407-823-2766. Diplomas cannot be released if the student has a nonacademic hold. It is the student's responsibility to resolve holds as quickly as possible.

      Student Account Services and the Registrar's Office will notify students of any outstanding financial obligations prior to the Commencement ceremony. All financial obligations must be met in order to receive a diploma and official transcripts.

      Transcript requests may be made through the Registrar’s Office.

 For more details about the commencement ceremonies, please visit Registrar’s Office commencement website.


The University of Central Florida is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award degrees at the associate, baccalaureate, master’s, specialist, and doctoral levels. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call (404) 679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of the University of Central Florida.

Please note the commission's expectation that contact occur only if there is evidence to support significant non-compliance with a requirement or standard. For other information about UCF’s SACSCOC accreditation, please contact the university's SACSCOC liaison in UCF's Office of Academic Affairs.

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