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Fall 2021


Commencement

More than a ceremony, commencement is an important milestone in the lives of our Knights and the loved ones who have supported them throughout their educational journey.

The University of Central Florida Commencement Ceremony for Fall 2021 will take place on Friday, December 17-18, 2021. These commencement ceremonies will take place in the Addition Financial Arena.

Official UCF regalia is required for graduates walking in the December 17-18 ceremonies. Cap and gown packages will not be shipped to graduates for the Fall 2021 Commencement.

Regalia distribution will take place December 6-10, 2021, from 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. each day at the UCF FAIRWINDS Alumni Center. Graduates who missed the October 29 regalia order deadline will be able to rent regalia and pick up their guest tickets during the distribution days (December 6-10).

You can prepurchase Fall 2021 Commencement gifts for graduates online. All online orders will be available for pickup onsite at Grad Walk (December 15-16) and Commencement (December 17-18).

Each guest entering the arena, which includes children and infants, is required to have a Commencement ticket for the ceremony. Each graduate will receive five (5) guest tickets. There will not be a ticket lottery to obtain extra tickets. Family and friends who are unable to attend can view the live-streamed ceremony online. The UCF FAIRWINDS Alumni Center will also be simulcasting the ceremonies. Additional guests can watch the ceremony at this location, and no ticket is required.

Graduates and guests may park in Garage D and Garage H. Mobility impaired individuals may be dropped off in front of the Addition Financial Arena prior to parking.

Graduates will receive their UCF diploma cover and a program booklet at the event, and professional photos will be taken by GradImages.

The health and well-being of all UCF graduates and visitors is our top priority. Face coverings are encouraged for unvaccinated graduates and guests during the indoor ceremony. Explore UCF’s face covering guide for more information. We encourage our campus community and visitors to get vaccinated and follow CDC guidelines.

Commencement guests should anticipate long lines due to additional security measures. Please leave purses, backpacks, and large bags at home to expedite security screenings. Doors will open 90 minutes prior to the start of the commencement.

For additional information not listed above or in the FAQ, please contact registrar@ucf.edu.

Commencement Schedule

Friday, December 17

Ceremonies at 9 a.m.

Procession: 8:40 a.m.

Click here to view the ceremony on YouTube.

College of Community Innovation and Education 9:00 AM
College of Health Professions and Sciences 9:00 AM

Ceremonies at 2 p.m.

Procession: 1:40 p.m.

Click here to view the ceremony on YouTube.

College of Arts and Humanities 2:00 PM
College of Medicine 2:00 PM
College of Nursing 2:00 PM
College of Undergraduate Studies 2:00 PM
Rosen College of Hospitality Management 2:00 PM

Ceremonies at 7 p.m.

Procession: 6:40 p.m.

Click here to view the ceremony on YouTube.

College of Graduate Studies** 7:00 PM
College of Sciences 7:00 PM
**The College of Graduate Studies houses the following master's degree programs: Interdisciplinary Studies and Nanotechnology.

Saturday, December 18

Ceremonies at 9 a.m.

Procession: 8:40 a.m.

Click here to view the ceremony on YouTube.

College of Business Administration 9:00 AM
College of Engineering and Computer Science 9:00 AM
College of Optics and Photonics 9:00 AM

Grad Walk

Grad Walk is an experience to complement the official UCF Commencement. This additional event offers you and up to eight loved ones the unique opportunity for a more intimate way to celebrate your hard-earned achievement. For more information, please see the FAQ section.

The Fall 2021 Grad Walk will take place Wednesday, December 15 and Thursday, December 16, 2021. UCF Grad Walk is for Fall 2021 graduates only, and registration will be required.

In order to participate in Grad Walk, graduates must have filled out their Intent to Graduate form. Graduates will receive an email on Monday, November 8, 2021, with a link to sign up for a time slot through their Knights email account. The link is also provided below. The deadline to RSVP for Grad Walk is Friday, December 3, 2021, at 5 p.m. EDT.

RSVP Link for Grad Walk: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/fall2021gradwalk. Please read all the important information on the sign-up page before selecting a time slot.

The health and well-being of all UCF graduates and visitors is our top priority. Face coverings are encouraged for unvaccinated graduates and guests during this graduation experience. Explore UCF’s face covering guide for more information. We encourage our campus community and visitors to get vaccinated and follow CDC guidelines.

If you have any questions regarding Grad Walk, please contact universityevents@ucf.edu.

Grad Walk FAQ

What is Grad Walk?

Grad Walk is a more intimate graduation experience for the students graduating in Fall 2021. Graduates must register for a 15-minute time slot from the link that will be sent to their Knights email. The link is also provided below. At the event, they will walk across the stage, hear their name be called and soak up the cheers of up to eight guests. Guest will stay with the graduates the entirety of the time as it is a continuously moving event.

An official UCF photographer will be there to provide graduation photos — both individual and group photos — for the graduates. The entire Grad Walk experience will be under one hour and does not include a formal program, commencement speaker or guests on the platform. This event is an optional experience. Click here to view a video from a past Grad Walk.

When and how can I sign up for Grad Walk?

As long as you filled out your Intent to Graduate form, you are eligible. We will have your Knight email address, and you will receive a link to select your time slot on Monday, November 8, 2021. The deadline to RSVP for Grad Walk is Friday, December 3, 2021, at 5 p.m. EDT.

RSVP Link for Grad Walk: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/fall2021gradwalk. Please read all the important information on the sign-up page before selecting a time slot.

Note: You MUST select a time slot to participate. There will be no walk-ups allowed.

How many guests can I bring?

You may bring up to eight (8) guests. No tickets are needed, as we will verify guest counts at the door. You and your guests will stay together during the entire experience.

Note: This is different from Commencement, where you will only be allowed up to five guests with you and each guest will be required to have their own ticket. For both events, children and infants count as a guest.

Can I be hooded on stage as a doctoral graduate?

Yes, you may bring your advisor to hood you on stage. For more information, please email us at universityevents@ucf.edu.

Is academic regalia required?

Unlike Commencement where it is required, academic regalia is not required to participate in Grad Walk; however, you may still wear it if you choose to do so. If you do wear a graduation robe, it must be black.

Grad Walk Schedule

Date Time
Wednesday, December 15 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Thursday, December 16 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
2:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Please be aware that all information found on this site regarding the UCF Commencement activities is tentative and will be subject to change as the date approaches.