Graduation Information

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 26th 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 2015 Commencement Ceremony is for any student graduating August 2014, December 2014, or April 2015. The Commencement Ceremony will take place Sunday June 7, 2015, 4:00 p.m. 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.

    • Fort Myers Campus: (239) 482-0019 or 800-466-0019;
    • Naples Campus: (239) 513-1122 or 800-466-8017;
    • Email the Registrar’s Office at

Please review all information posted carefully. Your cooperation and understanding of procedures will guarantee a smooth, enjoyable ceremony for you and your guests.

Candidate Information

Graduation Requirements & Documentation Required

Graduation Checklist

To join us for the 2015 Commencement Ceremony, please contact the Registrar’s Office at your affiliated campus or email, as soon as possible. For any additional questions, please email Jessica A Pautz (Ft. Myers Campus and Learning Sites) or Christine A Scanlin-Mitchell (Naples Campus and Distance Education).

Graduation regalia (cap, gown, honor cords, appreciation ribbons, and hoods for graduate students) will be available for pick up on April 29th in Fort Myers and April 30th in Naples. On these dates, our regalia vendor (Oak Hall), and our accessory vendor (Jostens) will be on campus to assist students. The graduation fee all students have paid covers the expense for your regalia from Oak Hall. If you have completed your intent to graduate form, your graduation regalia has been ordered. Student may purchase rings, announcements, picture frames, etc. from Jostens. Distance Education and Learning Site students may order these items from our vendor’s website at

Pick up graduation regalia at a Grad Fair on one of the following dates:

  • Fort Myers Campus: April 29th from 1:00 – 7:00 p.m.
  • Naples Campus: April 30th from 1:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Students that live within a 60 mile radius of the Naples or Fort Myers campus are expected to pick up your regalia in person.

Students who live at a distance and are planning to attend the ceremony may contact the Naples Registrar’s Office to make arrangements for graduation supplies.

Graduation Photography: GradImages has been hired to take 3 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 preregister with GradImages will receive $5 off a future $25 order. Pre-register with GradImages by visiting, 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 and up to 6 emails of loved ones who would like to share in your accomplishment by viewing and ordering photos.

Completing All Degree Requirements

Winter 2015 potential graduates must pass and complete all degree requirements by May 11, 2015, in order to be listed in the Commencement Program. Please verify all course work has been completed by the end of the semester.


The details printed on your diploma will be determined by the information we have on file. All Summer 2014 and Fall 2014 diplomas may be picked up at a Graduation Fair. Winter 2015 graduates will be notified by University email when your diploma will be available. It is your responsibility to make sure that the information in your file is correct. We urge all students to check their account status with the Business Office prior to Commencement. Failure to satisfy all financial obligations with the University will prevent you from receiving your diploma and/or transcripts in a timely manner.

Graduation Celebration - CHANGE OF PLANS

Unfortunately, the 2015 Graduation Party on Saturday, June 6 has been cancelled.

Alumni Association

The Alumni Association of Hodges University was founded in 1992. The mission of the Alumni Association is to support Hodges University, and to maintain the network of professional and social connections established as students in pursuit of lifelong learning.

All graduates of Hodges University are considered members of the association, and there are no membership fees or dues.

Mr. Brian Hawkins serves as Employer and Alumni Relations Manager. Dr. Marcia Turner, Dean of Students, is the University's Administrative Advisor and contact person for the Alumni Association.

The strength of the Alumni Association is dependent on communication and networking. Hodges currently maintains current events on our Alumni site, the main website, our Facebook page and our Twitter page.

Alumni newsletters are published electronically. To keep connected, register for free at It keeps the alumni informed of news of the University, updates, alumni news and programs, meetings and profiles of alumni successes.

Please keep the Alumni Association updated of any address and employment changes, professional accomplishments, and general alumni news so you may receive this newsletter and possibly be included in the publications or profiled on the social network. Contact us at 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.

Please help the University by “spreading the word” of the quality of education available at Hodges University to the community. The future of your Alma Mater depends on continued enrollment of qualified, interested students. Encourage prospective students to consider attending Hodges University.

Commencement Day

Arrival & Assembly

Plan to arrive at 2:00 p.m. for a review of the ceremony instructions.

Graduates may enter through the East entrance.

Each 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 the stage.

  • Your legal name is printed on the name card, which is also listed in the program.
  • Complete your current contact information on the back of the card for our photographer.
  • Graduates will be assigned a seat number in either Section 115, 116, or 117 alphabetically by program.
  • Please note that to get to your seat, you must walk up stairs. The card will have your seat listed in the lower right hand corner.
  • Be sure you have your name card with you before you begin the procession.

Extra caps and gowns are always brought to the ceremony if yours needs to be replaced.

Dress Code & Conduct

You are expected to wear the full academic dress (cap, gown & honor cord or master's hood, if applicable).

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 gown:

  • Men -- dress shirt with collar, dark slacks, plain dark tie, and black shoes.
  • Women -- dark dress, or skirt or pants and blouse, with black, closed-toed shoes. Flip-flops, tennis shoes, and white shoes should not be worn.

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 University policy:

  • Gold for summa cum laude (3.90-4.0 GGPA);
  • Burgundy for magna cum laude (3.76-3.89 GGPA);
  • or Silver for cum laude (3.50-3.75 GGPA).

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.


Graduates 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 degree.

You will be asked to move down to the floor area at 3:30 PM. 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.)

Processional Order

  • Grand Marshal
  • Carol Morrison, Senior Vice President of Student and Academic Services
  • Faculty
  • Marcia Turner, Dean of Students
  • Master’s candidates
  • Bachelor’s candidates
  • Associate candidates
  • Stage guests

Commencement 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:

  • be receiving a baccalaureate degree,
  • have an institutional cumulative grade point average of 3.90 or higher,
  • and be recommended by your school.

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 30, 2015.

After the student and guest speaker are finished, Dr. Borofsky will ask all candidates for the master’s degree to please stand. Masters 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 your hand, 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.

Photographs & Video

GradImages has been hired to take 3 photographs of you during the ceremony, one before you go to the stage, one when you are shaking the President’s hand at center stage, and one after you have exited the stage. An email will be sent when your proofs are available to your Hodges email address and any additional email address you provided on the back of the Name Card. Students who preregister with GradImages will receive a $5 off a future $25 order.


Order of recessional:

  1. Grand Marshal
  2. Stage guests
  3. Graduates
  4. Faculty 

Dr. Turner and Ms. Morrison will let you know when your row may exit.

Do not stop when you reach the lobby area as other graduates are trying to leave too.

Try to preplan a meeting location with your family and friends as you may exit the arena from either side behind the stage.

Live Broadcast
Click here to view the live Commencement Ceremony online.  Please note, the session link will be functional at 2:00 PM, the ceremony will begin at 4:00 PM.
After you select the link, enter a viewer name when prompted and accept/allow your browser to open pop-ups and run scripts if prompted.
The Audio Video screen will be in the top left of your Blackboard Collaborate window.  You can click and drag the screen out of the corner and make it larger for better viewing.
If you experience problems viewing the broadcast, please contact support at 239-450-1247.


Guest Information

Commencement Day

Commencement Information
The Commencement Ceremony will take place Sunday, June 7, 2015, 4:00 p.m. at:

Germain Arena
11000 Everblades Parkway
Estero, Florida
Directions to Germain Arena

A more detailed interactive map may be referenced at the following website

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.

Guest Tickets and Seating

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 ceremony.

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 their seats.

Commencement Hotels

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.

$104.00 2 Doubles
10450 Corkscrew Commons Drive Estero, FL
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.
2630 Northbrooke Plaza Drive Naples, FL 34119
Take I-75 to Exit 111, next door to HU Naples Campus.
$99.00 2 Queens
Ft. Myers Airport @ Town Center 
9931 Interstate Commerce Drive
Fort Myers, FL 33913
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 firepit 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
9521 Market Place Road
 Fort Myers, FL 33912
239-466-0012 NOTE: Breakfast is included in the rate.
For additional assistance or to contact the Office of the Registrar, call (800) 466-8017 or (800) 466-0019.  You may also email
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