UCF will award more than 3,860 degrees during three commencement ceremonies at Addition Financial Arena Aug. 4-5, sending a talent pipeline of highly skilled graduates into careers that are vital for our region and our state.

Of the degrees UCF expects to award, 2,986 are bachelor’s, 615 are master’s, 152 are doctoral and 6 are education specialist degrees. UCF will also award 104 graduate certificates.

Overall, UCF anticipates awarding 816 degrees in STEM fields — including 359 in engineering and computer science — as well as 410 in business, 168 in hospitality-related fields, 277 in nursing, 91 in biomedical sciences, 32 in digital and emerging media, and 54 in elementary education.

More than half of the bachelor’s degree recipients are students eligible to receive Pell Grants (1,535), demonstrating the university’s impact on social mobility. In addition, 710 bachelor’s degrees will be awarded to first-generation students — accounting for 24% of the graduating class.

Commencement Festivities

Held in Addition Financial Arena, the spring commencement will take place Aug. 4-5.

All guests, including children and infants, need a ticket for admission. All graduates who have filed an intent to graduate will receive five commencement ceremony tickets when they pick up their regalia packet.

Guests who do not have tickets may watch the live ceremony via a simulcast viewing in the FAIRWINDS Alumni Center and the Student Union. Ceremonies will also be livestreamed on UCF’s YouTube channel.

Commencement Photo-ops

Three different photo-ops on UCF’s main campus are available for students to their accomplishments.

The Reflecting Pond is one of the most iconic spots on campus for grad photos and this year the pond will have enhanced elements, such as flags on the lawn and black and gold balls in the water, July 22- Aug. 7.

Graduating Knights will also be able to take photos in FBC Mortgage Stadium from 10 a.m. to 4p.m. July 31-Aug. 3. Please enter through Gate 17 to access the stadium. Taking photos on the field is prohibited.

On Thursday, Aug. 3, 3-7 p.m., spring graduates will be offered a photo-op — Grad Walk — within Addition Financial Arena. This will be a first-come, first-served occasion for graduates and up to 10 of their well-wishers to take photos and videos on the ceremony stage. No pre-registration is required.

Commencement Schedule

Graduates and guests can review the below commencement ceremony schedule, listing colleges, ceremony dates and streaming links:

Aug. 4, 6 p.m.
College of Arts and Humanities
College of Sciences
College of Undergraduate Studies

Aug. 5, 10 a.m.
College of Business
College of Community Innovation and Education
Rosen College of Hospitality Management

Aug. 5, 3 p.m.
College of Engineering and Computer Science
College of Graduate Studies
College of Health Professions and Sciences
College of Medicine
College of Nursing
College of Optics and Photonics

Commencement Speakers

Aug. 4, 6 p.m.
Ray Rodrigues
Chancellor of the State University System of Florida

Aug. 5, 10 a.m.
John Rivers
CEO for the 4R Restaurant Group

Aug. 5, 3 p.m.
Grace Bochenek ’98PhD
Director of UCF’s School of Modeling, Simulation and Training, and Institute of Simulation and Training
UCF industrial and systems engineering alum

For more details and FAQs about Spring 2023 commencement celebrations, visit ucf.edu/graduation.