UCF Recognition Ceremony. One faculty member in robes speaks to the audience
A graduating student smiles for the camera as students parade into the room
Students in their robes, cords, and ribbons stand together
Graduating UCF students stand and recite from their program booklet
Photo of the whole stage and part of the first few rows of the audience. One faculty member is standing at the podium. Banners hang from both ends of the stage with symbols and the UCF creed.
Graduating UCF nursing students recite the pledge from their programs
Two UCF faculty members smile with a newly graduate student. Another faculty makes announcements in the background
Faculty member stands with a graduating student
Graduating UCF students stand in the hallway with various awards, cords, and medals

Recognition Ceremony & Commencement

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This ceremony is held at the end of each semester, separate from UCF’s Commencement. 


Wednesday, May 2 (Spring 2018 graduates)
Friday, August 3 (Summer 2018 graduates)


Doors open at 3:30 p.m.

5 - 7 p.m.


The Venue, located behind the CFE Arena on UCF's main campus (Map)


There will be reserved seating for graduating students and College of Nursing faculty. All other seating is first-come, first-served. Doors open for guest seating at 4 p.m. No tickets are needed.

Parking Information:

  • Free parking is available in Parking Garage D (next to Memory Mall and across from the CFE Arena) and Parking Garage F (behind the CFE Arena, across from the Jay Bergman Field)
  • Handicapped parking is available on the first floor of Parking Garages D and F

Regalia, Medallions & Nursing Pins:

  • All degree-earning students (BSN, MSN, DNP, PhD) must wear graduation regalia to the ceremony (no cap); those who are not wearing regalia will not be permitted to walk in the processional or up on stage! (Contact Barnes & Noble next to UCF Arena at 407-882-0364 for pre-order dates. Rent regalia online at http://www.herffjones.com/college/ucf.)
  • The only exception to this rule is for candidates who are certificate-earning only–they may wear professional business attire.
  • All candidates should wear their honor cords representing scholastic achievements (Sigma Theta Tau, Golden Key, Phi Kappa Phi, University Honors, etc.).
  • BSN candidates will be given a medallion. If you purchased a UCF nursing pin (optional), affix it to the center of the ribbon above the medallion. Keep the medallion with you and hand it to the faculty member on stage. It will be draped around your neck after your name is called. (Contact Barnes & Noble next to UCF Arena at 407-882-0364 for pre-order dates for pins. Rent regalia online at http://www.herffjones.com/college/ucf.)
  • MSN candidates should drape their hood over their arm and carry it up on stage. You will hand your hood to your faculty advisor and it will be draped around your neck.
  • Certificate candidates will be invited on stage and recognized with a certificate.
  • PhD and DNP candidates will be invited on stage and symbolically “hooded” by their advisor and the chair of their department.

Student RSVP:

Register for the Spring 2018 ceremony by April 25.




UCF Commencement:

Don't forget to submit your "Intent to Graduate" with the UCF Registrar's Office before the published deadline.

Commencement Details