Commencement Information

Important information about Fall 2016 USF Sarasota-Manatee Commencement. If you are a graduating student, please read this additional information before registering for commencement.

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Campus : USF Sarasota-Manatee
Ceremony: Fall 2016 Masters & Bachelor candidates
Ceremony Date / Time / Location: Sunday, December 11, 2016. Ceremony starts promptly at 2:00 pm.
Bradenton Area Convention Center
Student Coordinator: For information about Grad Stampede or Graduate Check-In, please contact:
Darren Gambrell
Event Coordinator Michael Ayres
Apply to Graduate: Before you register for the ceremony, be sure you have applied to graduate. You may apply online through OASIS at . Click on the Student tab, then Apply to Graduate and follow the prompts.  The online application is linked to a graduation survey, there are no paper forms. You must complete the survey before you can apply to graduate.  Applications for Graduation must be received in your college advising office by the fourth week of the term in which you plan on completing all degree requirements. Contact the Office of Student Services for instructions if you have any questions about the application process
Ceremony Registration Deadline: Friday, December 2, 2016
Be sure to register to participate in the ceremony
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Grad Stampede: Thursday, October 27, 2016 in the Main Rotunda from 11am-2pm and 4-6 pm.  For more information contact Darren L. Gambrell, 941.359.4263,
Cap & Gown: For information on how to order your cap and gown please contact the USFSM Bookstore(941) 355-5252.
Graduation Announcements: You may order your class rings and graduation announcements through Herff Jones or at the Grad Stampede. 
Honor Society and International Students sashes: For information on how to order your Academic Honors sash please contact the USFSM Bookstore (941) 355-5252. International sashes are for those graduates whose home country is outside the continental United States. The sashes bear the same colors as the flag of each nation. Sashes are available from the International Student & Scholars Services Office.International students can place their sash order when they register for the Commencement ceremony. Sashes may be picked up in the Patel Center, CGS101 two days prior to the commencement ceremony. For more information, visit the International Services page at USF World or call (813) 974-5495.
Tickets: Tickets are not required for this ceremony.
Time For Graduate To Arrive: Graduates should arrive at the graduate check-in area by 12:30 pm.
Where To Report: Report to the main entrance of the Convention Center.
Special Services: Graduates and family members with special needs will be accommodated.  If you are graduating and require special services please email the coordinator of disability services at or call 941-359-4714.
Parking Information: Parking at the Convention Center during Commencement is free.
Future Ceremonies: Summer 2016 – USF Sarasota-Manatee does not hold a summer Commencement ceremony. USF Sarasota-Manatee Summer graduates are encouraged to participate in the USF System ceremonies on the USF Tampa campus (Saturday, August 6, 2016) at the USF Sun Dome.

Spring 2017 – USF Sarasota-Manatee Spring 2017 ceremony is on Monday, May 8, 2017 at 6:30 pm at the Bradenton Area Convention Center, Palmetto, Florida.