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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

VIEW OR PRINT PDF of Commencement Handbook 


October 7 1:00 PM-5:00 PM in the FGCU Bookstore
October 8 10:00 AM-2:00 PM in the FGCU Bookstore
Book store number 239-590-1155 

Visit the Grad Fair event and ask questions about tickets, details about the ceremony, resume review and interview preparation, FGCU Graduate Studies programs, financial aid for grad school & repaying student loans, order your cap & gown or announcements, check out alumni gear and diploma frames and learn about the FGCU Alumni Association.

Online orders are being accepted through October 8th. Order online at and save $10.00!

First day to pick up cap & gown is Monday, November 30th in the FGCU Bookstore
Last day to pick up cap & gown is Friday, December 11th in the FGCU Bookstore

Deadlines and other important information can be found on the following link


December 10, 2015 at Bar Louie given by the Alumni Association 239-590-1075

Fall 2015 
Commencement Ceremonies will be held on Saturday, December 12, 2015

  • Apply to Graduate via Gulfline starts on Monday, June 1, 2015 at 10AM, deadline Friday, August 28, 2015 at 5PM.
  • Required RSVP starts on Tuesday, September 8, 2015 at 10AM, and ends on Monday, September 28, 2015 at 5PM. RSVP can only be completed via Gulfline.
  • Tickets will be available for Pick-up at the Alico Arena Box Office, Monday- Friday, 10AM-5PM, November 9 thru December 11, 2015.

Spring 2016
Commencement Ceremonies will be held on Sunday, May 1, 2016

  • Apply to Graduate via Gulfline starts on Tuesday, September 1, 2015 at 10AM, deadline Friday, January 15, 2016 at 5PM.  Applying to graduate instructions.
  • Required RSVP starts on Monday, January 25, 2016 at 10AM, and ends on Friday, February 5, 2016 at 5PM. RSVP can only be completed via Gulfline.
  • Tickets will be available for Pick-up at the Alico Arena Box Office, Monday- Friday, 10AM-5PM, April 4 thru April 29, 2016.

Important Note:

Please review your tickets for the correct time when picking them up at the Alico Arena Box Office. Tickets can not be used for any other ceremony that day. Student can only pick up their reserved guest tickets.  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. There will be an overflow room where guest without a ticket can view the ceremony located in the Cohen Center.

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.