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Venue Information

A security check will be conducted for all guests and graduates entering the arena.

UCF Commencement takes place at the Addition Financial Arena (12777 Gemini Blvd N., Orlando FL, 32816) on the main campus. Tickets for adults, childern and infants are required for admittance to the Addition Financial Arena. Once admitted, guests are not permitted to exit and re-enter, they’re not allowed access to the graduate line up, processional and seating areas.

While most guest seating is general admission, some seating is reserved for platform party guests and doctoral families. Early arrivals will have the best choice of seating. Doors open 90 minutes prior to each ceremony. Guests interested in sitting together should arrive early together.

The Addition Financial Arena does not allow backpacks of any kind or bags larger than 12’’ x 6’’ x 12’’ inside the arena. Guests who bring backpacks or large bags will be asked to return them to their car before entering the building. Plan to arrive approximately one hour and 30 minutes prior to the ceremony. Travel to the Addition Financial Arena may take longer than expected, and guests should anticipate long lines and wait times.

The following items are also prohibited to bring by both graduates and their guests into the Addition Financial Arena: balloons, bottles, cans, containers, glass vases, alcoholic beverages, noisemakers, air horns, laser pens, silly string, confetti, banners, signs or posters. Review the full list of prohibited items here.

Guests should be made aware that the temperature inside the Addition Financial Arena is much cooler than outside, and they should plan to bring a jacket or sweater.

First aid is available on the main concourse level of the Addition Financial Arena. Paramedics will be available onsite throughout each ceremony. Lost and Found is located at the Addition Financial Arena Guest Relations office on the main concourse. Baby strollers and balloons are NOT permitted in seating areas but can be checked at the Addition Financial Arena’s main lobby prior to the ceremony.

Guests can purchase graduation day flower bouquets and leis at the Addition Financial Arena the day of commencement. Guests can also pre-order flower items online prior to the day of commencement at a discount price. Orders can be picked up at the Addition Financial Arena before and during each ceremony, but they are only permitted to be given to graduates after the ceremony. Vases are not permitted inside the Addition Financial Arena.

Directions and Parking

UCF is proud to be a smoke-free campus.

Addition Financial Arena
12777 Gemini Blvd N.
Orlando FL, 32816


Free parking is available in the parking garages surrounding the Addition Financial Arena. Graduates and guests may park in Garage D and Garage H. Mobility impaired individuals may be dropped off in front of the Addition Financial Arena prior to parking.

Garage D
Garage H

The map provides locations for general parking and parking for mobility impaired guests.

Livestream viewing

Online viewing options

The commencement ceremonies are available to livestream from UCF’s YouTube page.

Simulcast viewing options

Guests who do not have tickets may watch the live ceremony in the FAIRWINDS Alumni Center and the Student Union. The Alumni Center’s seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets are not required for the live telecast, and it is closed captioned.

Please contact the FAIRWINDS Alumni Center and Student Union for more information on when each will respectively open for each commencement ceremony.

FAIRWINDS Alumni Center:
12676 Gemini Boulevard North
Orlando FL 32816


Student Union:
12715 Pegasus Drive
Orlando FL 32816

Accessibility Needs

Guests with Hearing Impairments

An American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter and reserved seating will be provided at the commencement ceremony for guests with hearing impairments. Closed captioning is also provided on large screens near the commencement stage. Assistive listening system receivers are available at Guest Relations, located on the main concourse level. Personal identification must be submitted and will be held until the receiver is returned. Contact UCF Student Accessibility Services at 407-823-2371 to arrange reserved seating.

Guests with Mobility Impairments

Guests should use the main entrance of the Addition Financial Arena. An elevator is located on the west side, to the left upon entering the main door of the lobby, to access seating areas. Posted signs and university staff will direct the guest and one companion to an accessible seating section in the Addition Financial Arena. Guests will have to check their walking assistive device if they choose to sit in the regular bowl seating area and not the accessible seating section.

Guests with Vision Impairments

Reserved seating will be provided at the commencement ceremony. Contact UCF Student Accessibility Services at 407-823-2371 to arrange reserved seating.

Accessible Parking & Access to the Arena

Those with state disability parking permits may park in Garage D. Mobility impaired individuals may also be dropped off in front of the Addition Financial Arena prior to parking. Please plan to arrive at the Addition Financial Arena at least one hour and 30 minutes prior to each ceremony. Wheelchairs are not provided. Guests must bring their own.

Hotel Accommodations

A variety of hotel accommodations are available near UCF. Reservations must be made directly with the hotel. Contact the hotels directly to inquire about any discounts or special rates for guests attending the UCF Commencement.

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