Graduation is the most significant academic event for students and the entire university community. It is the culmination of years of hard work and personal and financial sacrifice for students and families alike. The Graduation Committee has gone to great lengths to make this year's commencement one which will properly honor your accomplishment and provide lasting memories. The 27th Commencement Ceremony will celebrate the traditional observances that accompany one of the highest rewards of academic achievement.
This information has been prepared to answer questions for graduates, family and friends and replaces a formal rehearsal. Please click on each hyperlink as additional information has been provided. The 2016 Commencement Ceremony is for any student graduating August 2015, December 2015 or April 2016. The Commencement Ceremony will take place at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 12, 2016 at:
Germain Arena 11000 Everblades Parkway Estero, Florida
In making preparations for graduation, it is imperative that graduates keep up to date with any new developments. Should you have any questions regarding graduation, please contact the registrar's office using the contact information listed below. The registrar’s office verifies you have completed all requirements necessary to participate in the ceremony so please reply promptly to any emails or phone calls you may receive.
Please carefully review all information posted. Your cooperation and understanding of procedures will guarantee a smooth, enjoyable ceremony for you and your guests.
All candidates need to complete graduation information requested in the link: https://www.formstack.com/forms/hu-graduation_information prior to attending the Grad Celebration listed below.
Graduation regalia (cap, gown and tassel) will need to be ordered online at http://colleges.herffjones.com/college/_Hodges/. The graduation fee does NOT cover graduation regalia and ALL students will need to order their graduation regalia NO LATER THAN May 13, 2016.
If graduation regalia is ordered after May 13, 2016, you will NOT be able to order from the link above and will need to contact the University Store at 800-466-8017 or 800-466-0019 for ordering, purchasing and regalia pick-up information. There will be an additional $12.00 handling fee for orders made after the May 13 date.
Honor cords, hoods and pins will be available for pick up during either of the Graduation Celebrations. Information about the events are is provided below.
Students may also purchase rings, announcements, picture frames, etc. from Herff Jones, our graduation vendor. You may order these items online at http://colleges.herffjones.com/college/_Hodges/ or by coming to one of the Graduation Celebrations for assistance with ordering.
Students may come to either of the Graduation Celebrations for assistance with ordering all graduation items and honor cord pick up on the following dates:
Students who live 60 miles or more from the university and plan to attend the ceremony may contact the Naples registrar’s office to make arrangements for graduation supplies and for assistance on ordering your graduation items online.
Graduation Photography: GradImages has been hired to take three photographs of you during the ceremony and will additionally create a composite group shot from these photos based on the type of degree you are earning (i.e. an associate composite photo, a bachelor composite photo and master’s composite photo). Students who pre-register with GradImages will receive $5 off a future $25 order. Pre-register with GradImages by visiting www.gradimages.com and clicking on the Pre-Event Registration at the bottom of the page. This provides them with the most correct and up to date contact information and ensures the delivery of your graduation proofs in a timely manner. You may register your email, as well as up to six additional emails of those who would like to share in your accomplishment by viewing and ordering photos.
The Alumni Association of Hodges
University was founded in 1992. The mission of the Alumni Association is to advance the needs of Hodges alumni
through volunteerism, networking and community involvement while supporting the
goals of the university and its pursuit of lifelong learning.
All graduates of Hodges University are
considered members of the association. There are no membership fees or
Mr. Brian Hawkins serves as the
employer and alumni relations manager and is the contact person for the Alumni Association.
2014, the Alumni Advisory Council was established to:
Please keep the Alumni Association
updated of any address and employment changes, professional accomplishments
and general alumni news. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
or complete the Update
Your Information form on the Alumni Association website. A current email address is important for
alumni contact and receipt of alumni information.
Also, please remember to contact the
Registrar’s Office to update directory information such as email address, home
address or phone number.
Your alma mater, Hodges University,
wishes to maintain a positive relationship with its graduates and strongly
supports the development of a proactive Alumni Association. Alumni may assist the institution through
student referrals, professional mentorships, testimonials and responding to
the annual surveys from the Institutional Effectiveness Committee.
Plan to arrive at 2:00 PM for a review of the ceremony instructions.
Graduates may enter through the east
graduate will pick up his/her name card at tables located behind the stage.
This card should be carried by you until it is given to the announcer before crossing
Extra caps and gowns are always
brought to the ceremony if yours needs to be replaced.
You are expected to wear the full
academic dress (cap, gown and honor cord or master's hood, if
Graduates will put on their caps and
gowns after arriving at Germain Arena.
Staff will be available to help.
Please leave all valuables and
personal items with family, friends or guests.
Attire traditionally worn with the
If need be, please press your gowns
with a cool iron.
The cap should lie flat with the tassel
hanging on the front right side.
Graduates should be careful not to let the tassel interfere while
photographs are being taken.
If applicable, honor cords should be
worn around the neck with tassels hanging down from each side. Honor cords will be distributed according to
The university makes every attempt to
plan and conduct a meaningful, dignified ceremony. The recognition of your academic achievements
should be observed with respect.
Disorderly conduct, rowdiness or the presence of alcohol or drugs will
be grounds for immediate removal and may result in your diploma being retained
by the university.
Graduates are advised to use the
restroom facilities prior to the start of the ceremony, as you will not be
permitted to leave your seats once the ceremony begins. Graduates are required to remain seated
throughout the program.
are seated in sections 115, 116 or 117 in the order that they will walk across
the stage. This order coincides with the
way the degrees are listed in the commencement program, alphabetically and by
will be asked to move down to the floor area at 3:30 p.m. You will form as many rows as possible behind
the stage. When the procession begins,
students will continue to move to the floor area as quickly as possible. (Students arriving late will be placed behind
all other graduates and may not be seated next to others earning the same
degree and major.)
programs will be provided as you enter the main floor.
Enter the main floor along the north side of the
arena. Proceed all the way to the back
of the seats, turn right and turn right again into the center aisle.
The student speaker for the graduation ceremony is selected by the Graduation Committee. To be considered for this honor, you must meet the following requirements:
All students who meet these requirements will have an information packet and application form mailed from Dr. Turner. The student speaker will interview and be selected on April 28, 2016.
After the student and guest speaker are finished, Dr. Wortham will ask all candidates for the master’s degree to please stand. Master's degrees will be conferred by the president. You will then be sent to the stage area by Ms. Morrison. Dr. Turner will send you one at a time to see Ms. Klentzeris. You will hand Ms. Klentzeris your name card face up so she can read your name. Proceed across the stage as indicated in the chart.
Accept the diploma cover from the president with your left hand. Shake hands with your right hand. This will be one of the photos taken so remember to smile.
The Grand Marshal will turn your tassel and shake hands with others on stage. The Alumni Association will give you a gift and faculty will congratulate you before you return to your seat.
Please sit down when you return to your seat.
Bachelor and associate graduates will follow the same procedures.
If you are seated in Section B, follow the directions to access the stage and return to your seat.
Order of recessional:
Dr. Turner and Ms.
Morrison will let you know when your row may exit.
Do not stop when you
reach the area behind the stage as other graduates are trying to leave, too.
Try to pre-arrange a meeting
location with your family and friends as you may exit the arena from either
side behind the stage.
The Commencement Ceremony will take place at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 12, 2016 at:
Germain Arena11000 Everblades Parkway Estero, Florida
A more detailed interactive map may be
referenced at the following website: http://germainarena.com/visit-the-arena/directions/#.VwKGF013-2x.
From the North:
Take I-75 to Exit 128 (Alico Road). Head east on Alico Road to Ben Hill Griffin
Parkway. Take Ben Hill Griffin for approximately 3.5 miles south. The Arena is
located on the right-hand side.
From the South:
Take I-75 to Exit 123 (Corkscrew Road). Head east on Corkscrew Road. Take Ben
Hill Griffin north and the Arena is located on the left-hand side.
The parking lot opens three hours prior to the Commencement Ceremony.
There is ample parking available at Germain Arena in the surrounding parking lots.
There is no charge for parking.
Guests should arrive
between 3:00 and 3:30 p.m.
Handicapped seating is available in
the south side stands. There is open
space for wheelchairs and some free standing chairs. One guest may sit with a handicapped guest.
Please note that baby strollers, balloons and flowers are not allowed in the arena. Strollers, balloons and flowers will be checked in
with Germain staff and are kept at the main desk and may be picked up after the
One concession stand will be open for
food and drinks on the south side of the arena.
Parents, family and friends are
encouraged to stay seated, as leaving the ceremony demonstrates extreme
disrespect to all in attendance.
NO one is allowed onto the main floor
or in the aisles to take pictures.
A professional photographer has been
hired to take no-obligation photos of each graduate.
Photographs may be taken by family and
friends from the seating areas.
Local hotels have been contacted and they are excited to be offering special discounts to Hodges University students and family members for our Commencement Celebration weekend events. HU Graduates and Guests - to secure these rates – at any of these hotels – identify yourself as being with Hodges University and you will be quoted these preferred rates. Please make your reservation early since these rates are based on availability at the time of reservation.
EMBASSY SUITES$109.00 - 2 DoublesEstero, FL 33928 (239) 949-4222 or (866) 949-9491 or http://embassysuites3.hilton.com/en/hotels/florida/embassy-suites-fort-myers-estero-FMYESES/index.html
Take I-75 to Exit 123. Go west onto Corkscrew Road. Hotel is on the right. Fort Myers only upscale, all suites, full-service hotel. Each suite has a private bedroom and spacious living room. Each room is fully equipped with two televisions, a refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker, two telephones with data ports and a dining/work table. Complimentary cooked-to-order breakfast, wireless internet and nightly manager reception.
HAMPTON INN$94.002630 Northbrooke Plaza Drive Naples, FL 34119 Naples, FL 34119(239) 596-1299
Take I-75 to Exit 111, next door to HU Naples Campus.
HOLIDAY INN$99.00 - 2 Queens9931 Interstate Commerce DriveFort Myers, FL 33913 239-561-1550 www.hiftmyersairport.com
Ideally located near Interstate 75 (exit 128) in Ft. Myers, FL, the brand new Holiday Inn is three miles from Southwest Florida International Airport and three miles from Germain Arena. Hotel is adjacent to Gulf Coast Town Center. The hotel has complimentary airport shuttle service to/from the airport and Gulf Coast Town Center. An outdoor pool, a well-equipped Fitness Center, “oasis” indoor/outdoor lounge with fire pit and a full-service restaurant with room service are some of the deluxe amenities.
To book this special rate on line, please refer to group code HUG or call (239) 561-1550 and ask for the Hodges University Graduation (HUG) rate.
LaQuinta Inn and Suites$84.00Fort Myers, FL 33912(239) 466-0012
NOTE: Breakfast is included in the rate.
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