Please plan to arrive by 1:30 p.m. for a review of the ceremony instructions.
Upon arrival, graduates may enter through the Edward Street Entrance.
Each graduate will pick-up his/her reader card at tables located behind the stage. Reader cards are printed with your name, program, honors (if applicable), and seat number.
Once you receive your reader card, please complete the contact information section on the back for the photographer.
Your reader card should be carried by you until it is given to the announcer before crossing the stage.
Be sure you have your reader card with you before you begin the procession.
Extra caps and gowns will be brought to the ceremony if yours needs to be replaced so please see a university staff member if you have an issue. Please note that there will be a limited amount of extra caps and gowns at the ceremony; if there are problems with your cap and/or gown 4 days or more prior to the ceremony, please come to the Fort Myers campus to speak with the Office of Auxiliary Services about a replacement cap and/or gown.
Dress Code and 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-heel 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:
Silver & Red for summa cum laude (3.90-4.0 GGPA);
Double Red for magna cum laude (3.76-3.89 GGPA); or
Double 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.
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.