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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


February 24 - 25, 2014
Grad Fair hours at the FGCU Bookstore are
Monday, Feb 24th (1pm - 5pm)
Tuesday, Feb 25th (10am - 2pm)
Place your rental order for cap & gown and get important information you'll need to celebrate in style! For more info, visit


Spring 2014 ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 10.

  • Applications to Graduate due on Friday, January 17, 2014 by 5pm via Gulfline.
  • Required RSVP starts 12 -noon on Monday, January 27 and ends on Monday, February 10 at 5pm. RSVP can only be completed via Gulfline.
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Summer 2014 ceremony will be held on Saturday, August 2

  • Apply to Graduate via Gulfline starts on Sunday, January 1, 2014 and ends on Friday, May 16 at 5pm.
  • Required RSVP starts Monday, May 26 and ends on Monday, June 9 at 5pm. RSVP can only be completed via Gulfline.

Fall 2014 ceremony 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.

Spring 2014 Commencement Ceremony

Important Note:
Commencement Tickets for Spring will be labeled according to specified time of the ceremonies. 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, April 7 thru May 9, 2014, Mon-Fri 10am-5pm. 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. Guests without tickets are encouraged to view the ceremony in the overflow room where a big screen will be made available for all ceremonies (directional signs will be posted). Overflow room for Spring 2014 will be located in the Cohen Center, Room 214.

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!

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.