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  • Graduation Information

    Graduation is the most significant academic event for students and the entire Hodges 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 29th 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 2018 Commencement Ceremony is for any student graduating August 2017, December 2017, or April 2018. The Commencement Ceremony will take place Sunday, June 10, 2018, 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.

    Registrar's Office
    (239) 938-7818 or (800)-466-0019 

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

  • Candidate Information

    Graduation Requirements & Documentation Required

    All candidates need to complete graduation information requested in the link: https://studserv.hodges.edu/Student/Student/Graduation prior to attending the Grad Celebration listed below. (This link will require you to enter your HU username and password)

    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 June 1, 2018.  University representatives will also be able to assist students with ordering all graduation items during both of the Grad Celebrations.

    Honor cords, hoods, and pins will be available for pick-up during either of the Grad Celebrations.  Information about the events 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:
    Naples Campus: May 1, 2018 from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.
    Fort Myers Campus: May 2, 2018 from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.

    Students who live at a distance of 60 miles or more from the university and are planning to attend the ceremony may contact the Registrar’s Office to make arrangements for graduation supplies and for assistance on ordering graduation items online.

    Graduation Photography: GradImages is the official commencement photographer for our school. Your proofs will be ready to view online as soon as 48 hours after the ceremony. In order to notify you when your images are available, GradImages sends emails and mails paper proofs, along with optional text message notifications. Your information is never shared and privacy is guaranteed. Pre-registering is simply a way to make sure your contact information is up-to-date with GradImages, so they can provide your complimentary proofs as quickly as possible. Although there's never any obligation to order, you'll save 20% off orders of $50 or more for your participation. To pre-register for your commencement proofs, please visit  http://GradImages.com/Preregistration

    Winter 2018 potential graduates must pass and complete all degree requirements by May 11, 2018, 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 2017 and Fall 2017 diplomas may be picked up at a Grad Celebration. Winter 2018 graduates will be notified by university email when your diploma will be available.  It is your responsibility to make sure the information in your file is correct.  We urge all students to check their account status with the Office of Student Account Services 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.

    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, and there are no membership fees or dues. 

    In 2014, the Alumni Advisory Council was established to:

    • Sustain communication between alumni and the university;
    • Increase alumni participation and involvement;
    • Discover and recognize achievements of Hodges University alumni;
    • Assess and plan specialty programming for alumni;
    • Create opportunities for alumni to network with each other; and
    • Develop and promote alumni/student relations.

    Please keep the Alumni Association updated of any address and employment changes, professional accomplishments and general alumni news. Contact us at alumni@hodges.edu or complete the Update Your Information form.  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.

  • Commencement Day

    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.


    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 Support Services
    • Faculty
    • 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 to them from a member of the graduation committee. The student speaker will interview and be selected on May 2, 2018.

    After the student and guest speaker are finished, the president 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 where you will be sent across the stage 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.  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.

    GradImages is the official commencement photographer for our school. Three photographs of you are taken 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.  Your proofs will be ready to view online as soon as 48 hours after the ceremony. In order to notify you when your images are available, GradImages sends emails and mails paper proofs, along with optional text message notifications. Your information is never shared and privacy is guaranteed. Pre-registering is simply a way to make sure your contact information is up-to-date with GradImages, so they can provide your complimentary proofs as quickly as possible. Although there's never any obligation to order, you'll save 20% off orders of $50 or more for your participation. To pre-register for your commencement proofs, please visit http://GradImages.com/Preregistration.

    Order of recessional:

    • Grand Marshal
    • Stage guests
    • Graduates
    • Faculty

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



    Please check back here for directions on how to view the live commencement ceremony online.


  • Guest Information

    Commencement Day

    The Commencement Ceremony will take place Sunday, June 10, 2018, 4:00 p.m. at:

    Germain Arena
    11000 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 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 the seating areas.

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