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.

We look forward to seeing you this year at our 31st Commencement Ceremony!


Hodges University Graduation Commencement

Date: Sunday, June 20, 2021

Time: 4:00 p.m.

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

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Happy Hodges graduates at graduation

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 31st Commencement Ceremony will honor the traditional observances that accompany the celebration of your academic achievement. This year’s Commencement Ceremony is open to any student graduating from June 6th, 2019 to May 2nd, 2021.

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 20th Graduation Day.

1. Complete All Degree Requirements

It is each student’s responsibility to complete the Intent to Graduate form at the beginning of his/her last session. Please make sure you have checked with your Student Experience Advisor to verify that you have met all University degree requirements as noted in the university catalog. If you do not meet all requirements, your degree will not be conferred until all requirements are met. Please remember that it is your responsibility to ensure all requirements are met.

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 May 21, 2021. Students are encouraged to order their regalia well in advance of this deadline to ensure timely delivery. This purchase is not included as part of the Graduation fee. These items may be ordered online at Herff Jones or in person at the Graduation Celebration Event.

3. Honor Cords, Hoods, and Pins

These honorary items 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 commencement day.

4. 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:

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 send you emails, mail paper photography proofs, and may send optional text message notifications.

5. Complete All Degree Requirements

Potential graduates must pass and complete all degree requirements by May 2, 2021, in order to be listed in the Commencement Program.

6. Diplomas

Please make sure to update all your information with the Registrar’s Office. The details printed on your diploma will be determined by the information we have on file for you. Diplomas will be mailed to students at the address on file.

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

Academic Calendar Course Schedule Student Handbook

Graduating Student Information

Arrival & Assembly

Dress Code & Conduct


Commencement Ceremony Details


Live Broadcast

The live commencement ceremony can be viewed on our home page at 4:00 pm on June 20th, 2021.

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.
  • The parking lot opens three hours prior to the Commencement Ceremony.
  • The parking lot opens three hours prior to the Commencement Ceremony.

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.


Grad Images Herff Jones Hertz Arena

Graduating Student FAQ's

Where do I go to pick up my honor cords?

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 commencement day.

When can I pick up my diploma?

As a Hodges graduate, you will receive both a digital diploma and a physical diploma. Instructions on accessing your digital diploma will be sent to your Hodges email. Your physical diploma will be mailed to the address that is on file.

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 you did not complete the Intent to Graduate form, please contact the Registrar’s Office at 239-938-7818 or registrar@hodges.edu.

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 you to 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. Please remember that your tassel will be attached to your cap – please do not place anything on your cap that might prohibit the tassel from being placed on your cap .

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. The most convenient option is to order your regalia any time online at Herff Jones but the last day to order is May 21, 2021. Students are encouraged to order their regalia well in advance of this deadline to ensure timely delivery.

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 Auxiliary Services at (239) 938-7770 or universitystore@hodges.edu.

For diplomas, honor cords, transcripts (after degree is conferred), contact the Registrar’s Office at (239) 938-7818 or registrar@hodges.edu

Stay Connected! #HodgesAlumni

The Hodges University Alumni Network is your pathway to stay connected for networking and meeting your fellow Hodges Alum. There is no cost to participate and so many benefits to being a member. Please keep the Alumni Network updated of any address and employment changes, and/or professional accomplishments so that we may share your successes with others. Contact us at alumni@hodges.edu. A current email address is important for alumni contact and receipt of alumni information.

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