Graduation Information

Welcome Hodges Graduates!!!

Congratulations on earning your degree and taking the next step in your future. We are so excited for, and proud of, each and every one of you! While this chapter may be drawing to an end, it is only the beginning for many of the opportunities your new degree will provide for your journey ahead.

As graduation day approaches, we encourage you to look back at these moments and most importantly enjoy this milestone achievement.

We look forward to seeing you all at our 30th Commencement Ceremony!

Please make sure to read all of the important information provided below so that you, your family, and friends will be ready for graduation day. #HodgesGrad


Hodges University Graduation Commencement

Date: Sunday, June 9, 2019

Time: 4:00 p.m.

Location: Hertz Arena, 11000 Everblades Parkway, Estero, Florida 33928

Watch the 2019 Graduation Ceremony Here!

Important Information for Graduating Students

You Did it!

Each year, the graduation ceremony is the most significant academic event Hodges University holds for students and the entire Hodges family. It is the culmination of years of hard work, perseverance, and a personal commitment for students and families alike. A day like this should be celebrated. Our 30th Commencement Ceremony will honor the traditional observances that accompany the celebration of your academic achievement. The 2019 Commencement Ceremony is open to any student graduating August 2018, December 2018, or April 2019.

Below, we have provided a Graduation Checklist designed to prepare you for graduation day, and to answer questions regarding the graduation ceremony. This checklist replaces a formal graduation rehearsal. Please review each section for additional information that you will need to be prepared for the June 9th Graduation Day.

Graduation Questions?

If you have any questions related to graduation, please contact:

Hodges University Registrar’s Office:  

(239) 938-7818 or (800)-466-0019;

Helpful Links

Proud Hodges University Graduate who took full advantage of the graduation information available.

Graduation Checklist

1. Complete Your Graduation Form

Please complete the graduation information form by clicking the link below: Graduation Registration Form . This must be done by all graduates prior to attending one of the Grad Bash Celebrations listed below. (You will need your MyHUgo username and password to complete the form.)


2. Order Your Cap, Gown, and Tassel

Students who wish to participate in the graduation ceremony are required to purchase Graduation regalia (cap, gown and tassel) no later than June 1, 2019. This purchase is not included as part of the Graduation fee. These items may be ordered online at Herff Jones. University representatives will also be able to assist students with ordering all graduation items during both of the Grad Bash Celebrations.


3. Honor Cords, Hoods, and Pins

These honorary items can be picked up during either of the Grad Celebrations. (See below for Grad-Celebration dates and times)


4. Order Grad Swag

Celebrate your success! You may also purchase rings, announcements, picture frames, and other commemorative graduation items from Herff Jones, our graduation vendor. You may order these items online at Herff Jones or by coming to one of the Graduation Bash Celebrations for assistance with ordering.


 5. Attend a Grad Bash Celebration

Enjoy the moment! Students may come to either of the Graduation Celebrations (See below for details) for assistance with ordering all graduation items and honor cord pick-up on the following dates:

  • Fort Myers Campus: May 1, 2019, from 5:30 – 8:00 p.m.
  • Naples Campus: May 2, 2019, from 5:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Printable GradBash Postcard

You’re Invited to Hodges University Graduation Bash! Fort Myers & Naples Campus. Bring your family! • Refreshments! • Prize Drawings! • Music! Be part of the Pre-Ceremony Welcome Video! More graduation information, go to Be sure to RSVP for the graduation ceremony
You’re Invited to Hodges University Graduation Bash! Fort Myers & Naples Campus. Bring your family! • Refreshments! • Prize Drawings! • Music! Be part of the Pre-Ceremony Welcome Video! More graduation information, go to Be sure to RSVP for the graduation ceremony

6. Traveling to Graduation?

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.


7. Order Graduation Photography

Hodges University has hired GradImages as the official commencement photographer for our school and/or commencement ceremony. Three photographs of each graduate are taken during the event:

  • As you make your way to the stage.
  • As you are shaking the President’s hand in the center of the stage.
  • After you have exited the stage.

Your proofs will be ready to view online as soon as 48 hours after the ceremony. Although there’s never any obligation to order, you’ll save 20% off orders of $50 or more for your participation. 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. To pre-register for your commencement proofs, please visit Gradimages

As part of your graduation and pre-registration participation, GradImages will sends you emails, mail paper photography proofs, and may send optional text message notifications.


8. Complete All Degree Requirements

Potential graduates must pass and complete all degree requirements by April 30, 2019, in order to be listed in the Commencement Program. Please verify all course work has been completed by the end of the semester.


9. Diplomas

Please make sure to update all your information with the Office of Student Account Services. The details printed on your diploma will be determined by the information we have on file for you.  All summer 2018 and fall 2018 diplomas may be picked up at a Grad Celebration. Winter 2019 graduates will be notified by university email when your diploma is available for pick up.

We urge all students to check their account status with the Office of Student Account Services prior to Commencement.  Please be aware that a failure to satisfy all financial obligations with the university may prevent you from receiving your diploma and/or transcripts in a timely manner.

Commencement Day Details and Instructions

Arrival & Assembly

  • Please plan to arrive at 2:00 p.m. for a review of the ceremony instructions.
  • Upon arrival, graduates may enter through the East entrance of the Hertz arena.
  • Each graduate will pick-up his/her name card at tables located behind the stage. Cards are printed with your legal name on it and match what is printed in the Commencement program.
  • Once you receive your card, please complete the contact information section on the back of the card for the photographer.
  • This card should be carried by you until it is given to the announcer before crossing the stage.
  • The card will also have your seat listed in the lower right hand corner.
  • Graduate seating will be assigned a seat number in either Section 115, 116, or 117 alphabetically, and by program.
  • Please note that to get to your seat, you must walk upstairs. If this is a problem please let university staff know prior to Commencement Day.
  • 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 so please see a university staff member if you have an issue.


Dress Code & Conduct

  • Please come ready to shine!
  • You are expected to wear the full academic dress (cap, gown & honor cord or master’s hood, if applicable) for the duration of the graduation ceremony.
  • Graduates will put on their caps and gowns after arriving at Hertz 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. High-heels shoes are not recommended. Flip-flops, tennis shoes, and white shoes should not be worn.
    • If need be, please press your gown 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 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. Please be sure to arrive on time.
  • Processional Order
    • Grand Marshal Chairman of the Board
    • 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.


Commencement Ceremony Details

  • After the student and guest speaker are finished, the president will ask all candidates for the master’s degree to please stand.
  • Master’s degrees will then be conferred by the president.
  • Once this portion has completed, you will then be sent to the stage area where you will walk across the stage one at a time to see a pre-designated individual.
  • Please hand them your name card face up so he/she can read your name.
  • As soon as you hand off your name card, proceed across the stage as indicated in the chart.
  • The correct way to accept the diploma cover from the Dr. Meyer is with your left hand. Then, shake hands with your right hand.
  • This will be where one of the photos is taken so please remember to smile.
    The Grand Marshal will then turn your tassel and shake your hand.
  • The Alumni Network 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’s and associate graduates will follow the same procedures.
  • If you are seated in Section B, please follow the directions given to access the stage and return to your seat.



  • Order of recessional:
    • Grand Marshal
    • Stage guests
    • Graduates
    • Faculty
  • Hodges University staff will let you know when your row may exit.
  • Please do not stop when you reach the area behind the stage as other graduates are trying to leave too.
  • Try to pre-plan a meeting location with your family and friends as you may exit the arena from either side behind the stage.


Live Broadcast

The live commencement ceremony can be viewed on our home page during the at 4:00 pm on June 9th, 2019.

Guest Information

Commencement Information

The Commencement Ceremony will take place Sunday, June 9, 2019, 4:00 p.m. at:

Hertz Arena
11000 Everblades Parkway
Estero, Florida


Directions to Hertz Arena

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 Hertz Arena in the surrounding parking lots.
  • There is no charge for parking.


Hertz Rules for bringing in personal items *****Please Read

Hertz Arena has strict rules for what is and is not allowed to be brought into the facility. Click HERE for those rules, which will be strictly enforced.


Guest Seating

  • Guests should arrive between 3:00 and 3:30 p.m.
  • The arena offers open seating, no tickets are required.
  • 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 Hertz 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.



  • Please remember 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.

Graduation FAQ's

Where do I go to pick up my honor cords if I can’t make it to Grad Bash?

Honor cords are available for pick up at the Fort Myers campus, or you can also ask a friend or family member to pick up the cords for you. You can also pick them up on the commencement day.


When can I pick up my diploma?

You will receive an email at your Hodges email address letting you know your diploma is available for pick up on your respective campus.


Who do I contact if I’m getting an error message when I click a link on the graduation page?

Once you have applied for graduation by completing the Intent to Graduate form, our system won’t allow you to do so again. This is why you would get an error message.


If I can’t make it to Grad Bash, how do I order tickets for graduation? If I need more tickets for graduation, what do I need to do?

When you completed your Intent to Graduate form, there was a place to include the number of family/friends who would be attending. We don’t print tickets for graduation, so if you have additional family/friends who would like to attend, they are more than welcome!


Can I decorate my graduation cap?

We encourage to you decorate your cap! Please keep in mind that it should be decorated to reflect all the excitement of your accomplishment, however, it should be done in good taste and respectfully.


Can I pick up my regalia at the graduation ceremony?

We highly recommend that you NOT wait until the graduation ceremony to pick up/purchase your regalia. We will have a very limited amount of regalia at the ceremony with an even more limited range of sizes. It’s best to purchase your regalia during the Grad Bash events. If you cannot attend Grad Bash, the Office of Student Financial Services can help you order your regalia online, or you can come to the Fort Myers campus to purchase regalia. The most convenient option is to order your regalia any time now at but the last day to order is May 10th.


Who do I contact about graduation questions?

For Regalia (cap/gown), master hoods, tassels, diploma frames, appreciation pins, alumni pins, graduation fee, etc., contact the Office of Student Financial Services at (239) 938-7760 or email:


For diplomas, honor cords, transcripts (after degree is conferred), contact the Registrar’s Office at (239) 938-7818 or (800) 466-0019, or email:

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