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 28th 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 2017
Commencement Ceremony is for any student graduating August 2016, December 2016,
or April 2017. The Commencement Ceremony will take place Sunday, June 11, 2017,
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.
Please review all information posted
carefully. Your cooperation and
understanding of procedures will guarantee a smooth, enjoyable ceremony for you
and your guests.
All candidates participating in the commencement ceremony should have RSVP’d by June 1, 2017. If you plan on attending the ceremony and have not RSVP’d, please email Jessica Pautz at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 14, 2017. 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:
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 your graduation items online.
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 be entered into a $5,000 drawing. 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 and up to 6 emails of loved ones 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, and there are no membership fees or
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 email@example.com
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
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 p.m. 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 & 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 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.)
programs will be provided as you enter the main floor.
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 May 2, 2017.
After the student and guest speaker
are finished, Dr. Wortham 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 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
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 preplan 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 Sunday, June 11, 2017, 4:00 p.m. 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.
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