Commencement Information


Candidate Information

Watch Rehearsal Videos 

Commencement Day

  • Dress Code & Conduct

  • Arrival & Assembly

  • Processional

  • Ceremony

  • Recessional

  • Degrees & Honors

 Graduation Requirements, Documentation and General Information

  • Completing All Degree Requirements

  • Degree Requirement Verification Procedures

  • Certification of Degrees

  • Diplomas

  • Application for Graduation Denied - Re-application Required

  • Privacy

  • Student Life Sashes

Guest Information

Commencement Guest Information Guide

  • Commencement Information

  • Dress Code

  • Guest Tickets and Seating Arrangement

  • Parking

  • Reminders

  • Directions to Alico Arena

  • Hotel Accommodations and Area Information

  • Special Assistance

  • Photographs

  • Live Commencement Coverage

Faculty Information

  • RSVP

  • Regalia

  • Parking

  • Arrival and Line-Up

  • Processional

  • Doctoral Students and Committee Chairs

  • Recessional

Thank you in advance for your cooperation, participation in the ceremony, and for making this a special day for our students!

**Special note Florida Gulf Coast University congratulates all graduating seniors and 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. 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. Additionally, 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.

Volunteer Information

Attention FGCU students and University staff: Earn Service Learning Hours Volunteering at Commencement Ceremonies

Fall 2019 commencement will be held on Sunday, December 15, 2019.
The online Volunteer Application is available at the bottom of this page. 
We encourage all University staff, students and FGCU student clubs and organizations to volunteer at the ceremonies.
You can also earn service learning hours for volunteering at the commencement ceremonies and the volunteer orientation, which is generally held the week of the commencement.
This is a wonderful way to help the University family honor your fellow students, and a chance to see your friends graduate on that special day. Commencement volunteers play an important service and public relations role. 

As a volunteer, we seek your assistance in:

  • Assisting ushers
  • Door management
  • Providing guest directions and programs among other duties.

Volunteers are needed to assist in managing the various activities before, during, and after the commencement ceremonies.
Thank you in advance for you time and help!

Submit your online Volunteer Application
E-mail mbatchelder@fgcu.edu for additional information.