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OFFICE OF THE REGISTRAR
10501 FGCU Blvd South
McTarnaghan Hall, Room 116
Fort Myers, FL  33965-6565
Phone: (239) 590-7980
Fax: (239) 590-7983
Email: orr@fgcu.edu

OFFICE HOURS
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 2016 COMMENCEMENT HANDBOOK

Deadlines and other important information can be found at:
http://www.fgcu.edu/Graduation/commencement-deadlines.html
 
  
2016 COMMENCEMENT CEREMONIES
 Fall Commencement Ceremonies will be held on Sunday, December 11, 2016 - 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.
 
              9:00 am - Lutgert College of Business, College of Education, and College of Health Professions and Social Work
              1:00 pm - College of Arts and Sciences and U.A. Whitaker College of Engineering
 
  • Apply to Graduate via Gulfline starts on Wednesday, June 1, 2016 at 10AM, deadline Friday, August 26, 2016 at 5PM.  Applying to graduate instructions.
  • Required RSVP starts on Tuesday, September 6, 2016 at 10AM, and ends on Monday, September 26, 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,  November 7 thru December 9, 2016.
2017 COMMENCEMENT CEREMONIES
  Spring Commencement Ceremonies will be held on Saturday, May 6, 2017 (times TBD)
  • Apply to Graduate via Gulfline starts on Thursday, September 1, 2016 at 10AM, deadline, Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at 5PM.  Applying to graduate instructions.
  • Required RSVP starts on Monday, January 23, 2017 at 10AM, and ends on Friday, February 3, 2017 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, Monday, April 3, 2017 thru Friday, May 5, 2017.
  Summer Commencement Ceremony will be held on Saturday, August 5, 2017 (time TBD)
  • Apply to Graduate via Gulfline starts on Sunday, January 1, 2017 at 10AM, deadline, Friday, May 26, 2017 at 5PM.  Applying to graduate instructions.
  • Required RSVP starts on Tuesday, June 6, 2017 at 10AM, and ends on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 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, Monday, July 10, 2017 thru Friday, August 4, 2017.

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. 

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.

IMPORTANT LINKS:
  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 adaptive@fgcu.edu. 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.