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Commencement Rules & Tips

Grad cap decorations

  • Graduation cap decorations must lay flat against the cap and extend no higher than the cap button.
  • Stagnant LED lights are permitted.
  • Moving or flashing lights are not permitted.
  • Language on decorated caps must be appropriate.

important venue info

  • Please anticipate a longer than expected travel time to the Addition Financial Arena due to traffic.
  • Graduates should be at the Addition Financial Arena one hour and 30 minutes prior to their commencement ceremony.
  • Graduates who arrive after the procession begins will not be guaranteed a seat.
  • All graduates should park in Garage D. View a map of the location of Garage D .
  • Graduates must stay for the entire duration of the commencement ceremony.

important ticket info

  • Please check to make sure all guest tickets have the correct commencement ceremony date and time listed on them.
  • There is no ticket lottery for additional tickets.
  • Graduation announcements cannot be used for admission.

Prohibited items

  • The use of cell phones, iPads or Go Pros is prohibited during the ceremony.
  • Selfie sticks are not permitted.
  • The following items are prohibited to bring by both graduates and their guests: balloons, bottles, cans, containers, glass vases, alcoholic beverages, noisemakers, air horns, laser pens, silly string, confetti, banners, signs or posters.

appropriate Attire

  • Graduates should wear comfortable shoes.
  • Temperature in the arena can be cold during the ceremony.
  • Graduates participating in the commencement ceremonies are required to wear official UCF regalia available exclusively through the UCF Bookstore.
  • Honor cords from various honor societies may be worn if they are the official designation of an officially recognized group.