Frequently Asked Questions
Grad Walk FAQ
Can I be hooded on stage as a doctoral graduate?
Yes, you may bring your advisor to hood you on stage. For more information, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How many guests can I bring?
As long as you filled out your Intent to Graduate form, you are eligible. We will have your Knight email address, and you will receive a link to select your time slot. Note: You MUST select a time slot to participate. There will be no walk-ups allowed.
Note: This is different from Commencement, where you will only be allowed up to five guests with you and each guest will be required to have their own ticket. For both events, children and infants count as a guest.
Is academic regalia required?
Unlike Commencement where it is required, academic regalia is not required to participate in Grad Walk; however, you may still wear it if you choose to do so.
What is Grad Walk?
Grad Walk is a more intimate graduation experience for the students graduating in Fall 2021. Graduates must register for a 15-minute time slot from the link that will be sent to their Knights email. At the event, they will walk across the stage, hear their name be called and soak up the cheers of up to eight guests. Guest will stay with the graduates the entirety of the time as it is a continuously moving event.
An official UCF photographer will be there to provide graduation photos — both individual and group photos — for the graduates. The entire Grad Walk experience will be under one hour and does not include a formal program, commencement speaker or guests on the platform. This event is an optional experience. Click here to view a video from a past Grad Walk.
Class of 2020 Make-up Commencement Ceremony
- Virtual Commencement December 19, 2020
- Grad Walk: November 14-19, 2020
- View the Fall 2020 Commencement program.
- Virtual Commencement: May 2, 2021
- View the Spring 2020 Commencement program.
- Virtual Commencement: August 1, 2020
- View the Summer 2020 Commencement program.
- In-Person Commencement: May 6-8, 2021
- Grad Walk: April 30-May 5
- View the Spring 2021 Commencement Program
How do I pre-order flowers or the graduation class T-shirt to give to my graduate at their commencement ceremony?
You may pre-order graduation items through The Commencement Group website.
What will parking be like?
Complimentary parking for graduates and their guests will be available in Garage H, Garage C, D1 and D2 surface lots, and the softball field lots.
A complimentary shuttle will run from the softball field to the arena and will be available to graduates and their guests from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. The shuttle will be clearly labeled for commencement guests. It will drop off and pick up next to the Addition Financial Arena on the corner of East Plaza Drive and Gemini Boulevard.
When should I arrive for commencement?
Doors will open 90 minutes prior to the ceremony start time. We recommend graduates arrive at least an hour prior to the ceremony start time.
Will commencement be streamed?
Guests who do not have tickets may watch the live ceremony via a simulcast viewing 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.
Will there be seating arrangements for guests with mobility or hearing impairments at commencement?
Special seating arrangements will be reserved for any guests with mobility or hearing impairments. Visit the Guest information page for more information and instructions for guests with accessibility needs.
Ticket Information FAQs
If a graduate misses the designated pick-up opportunities, will there be tickets available at the Addition Financial Arena on commencement day?
Tickets are not guaranteed. If tickets are available, they will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis at the Addition Financial Arena Box Office will call window two hours prior to the start of each ceremony for that particular ceremony. There will be a limit per graduate based on availability.
What if a graduate has extra tickets?
On the day of the ceremony, extra tickets can be turned in to the will call ticket box office at the Addition Financial Arena starting two hours prior to the first ceremony time.
Is academic regalia required?
Academic regalia is required to participate in commencement. You can order official UCF regalia through Herff Jones.
Where can I find cap and gown info, and when do I need to order regalia by?
You can order your cap and gown through Herff Jones. Please check the Ceremony Information page for the semester you’re graduating for the regalia order deadline.