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10501 FGCU Blvd South
McTarnaghan Hall, Room 116
Fort Myers, FL  33965-6565
Phone: (239) 590-7980
Fax: (239) 590-7983

Monday – Friday
From 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

President Bradshaw Granting Diplomas

Candidates - Guests - Volunteers

We are delighted to welcome parents, family and guests to Florida Gulf Coast University to honor our graduates! This information will serve as a guide to both candidates and guests, as no rehearsal is conducted.  Rehearsal Video

DIGITAL Commencement Handbook         VIEW OR PRINT PDF of Commencemencement Handbook 


The Book Store will hold a Grad Fair for this Fall 2014 Candidates
Location: University Book Store in the Cohen Center
Dates: October 14, 1PM-5PM  & October 15, 10AM-2PM
Place your rental order for Cap & Gown and get important information you'll need to celebrate in style!

For more information on Cap and Gown, visit


Fall 2014 Commencement Ceremonies will be held on Saturday, December 13

  • Apply to Graduate via Gulfline starts on Sunday, June 1, 2014 and ends on Friday, August 29 at 5PM.

  • Required RSVP starts Monday, September 8 and ends on Monday, September 29 at 5pm. RSVP can only be completed via Gulfline.

  • Tickets will be available for Pick-up at the Alico Arena Monday- Friday, 10AM-5PM, November 10 thru December 12.

Spring 2015 Commencement Ceremonies will be held on Sunday, May 3

  • Apply to Graduate via Gulfline starts on Monday, September 1, 2014 at 10AM, and ends Friday, January 16, 2015 at 5PM.

  • Required RSVP starts Monday, January 26, 2015 at 10AM, and ends on Monday, February 9, 2015 at 5PM. RSVP can only be completed via Gulfline.

  • Tickets will be available for Pick-up at the Alico Arena Monday- Friday, 10AM-5PM, April 6 thru May 1, 2015.

Fall 2014 Comemencement

Important Note:

Please review your tickets when picking them up at the box office. Student can only pick up their reserved guest tickets at the Alico Arena Box Office. 
A limited amount of extra tickets may be available 1 hour before each ceremony at the Alico Arena Box Office on a first come, first serve basis.

Graduation and Commencement are two separate functions, and have separate applications. You must apply to graduate in order to receive your degree and diploma; however you do not have to physically attend the Commencement ceremony. If you do plan on attending the Spring, Summer or Fall Commencement, you must apply via GULFLINE by the semester's deadlines noted above under 'Important Deadlines'.

Because of growing demand and limited space, it is necessary to strictly adhere to deadlines concerning participation in FGCU Commencements. Your cooperation is needed to ensure you do not miss this opportunity!

TO: All attendees of the graduation ceremonies

Florida Gulf Coast University congratulate all graduating seniors. We want this commencement to be a very proud, memorable, and pleasant occasion for all attendees, including graduates, family and friends.

We have been advised that some among our graduates have allergic reactions to latex and strong chemical fragrances. Therefore, in an effort to provide the most comfortable experience for all participants and guests, we also ask that attendees refrain from the use of latex and scented fragrances during the Commencement ceremonies. Alico Arena currently has a policy prohibiting balloons in the arena and will not allow them to be brought into the arena for the commencement ceremony.

Thank you for your cooperation.

  1. Need Special Assistance (Disability Seating for Commencement): If you need to request an accommodation due to a disability, please contact Adaptive Services at 239-590-7956 or by e-mail at Please be advised that accessible seating is limited. A request for accessible seating does not guarantee a preferred seat. Reasonable accommodations will be provided on a first come, first served basis. Due to the limited seating, companion seats will also be limited to one. Parking map and detail information.
  2. Cap and Gown. For further information on Cap and Gowns please visit the FGCU Bookstore webpage (Check the bottom of the page for announcements and instructions.