UCF to Host Spring Graduation Celebration April 30 to May 9
By Space Coast Daily // March 7, 2021
Each graduate will be allowed up to two guests in attendance
ORLANDO, FLORIDA – UCF is excited to offer spring graduates and their families the opportunity to choose one of two in-person options to celebrate their achievements. Recognitions of graduates will occur April 30 to May 9.
Spring 2021 graduates will have the option of either participating in UCF’s Grad Walk or their college’s in-person commencement. Both recognitions will be held in the Addition Financial Arena. Graduates will need to RSVP for either Grad Walk or in-person commencement by March 19. Graduates may order their cap and gown through Herff Jones.
The Florida Board of Governors, which oversees Florida’s state universities, has provided guidance allowing for memorable in-person commencement recognitions that maintain COVID-19 health and safety protocols.
The format of these celebrations allows UCF to recognize all graduates in a manner that is in accordance with the state’s public-health guidance.
From April 30 to May 4, UCF’s Grad Walk offers a smaller, more intimate graduation experience. Students can select the date and a 15-minute time slot of their choice. More than 2,500 graduates participated when UCF debuted Grad Walk in the fall.
With Pomp and Circumstance playing in the background, graduates will have the opportunity to walk across the stage, hear their name called, receive their diploma cover and soak up the cheers of up to five guests.
An official graduation photographer will be on hand to take individual and group photos.
UCF’s COVID-19 protocols will be strictly enforced and include advance registration for a 15-minute time window, face coverings, physical-distancing guidelines and the completion of the university’s COVID-19 Self Checker. Graduates will be able to remove their face coverings briefly for photos on stage.
UCF’s 13 colleges will have in-person commencement ceremonies between May 5 and 9. In adherence to physical-distancing guidelines, some colleges may have multiple ceremonies to accommodate all of their graduates.
For each ceremony, graduates are required to dress in official commencement regalia while participating in the Pomp and Circumstance processional and crossing the stage to receive their degree cover while their name is called aloud. Additionally, a keynote speaker will address the audience, providing words of inspiration to graduates and their supporters.
Each graduate will be allowed up to two guests in attendance. Graduates and guests attending the event must wear a face covering throughout the ceremony, follow physical-distancing requirements and complete the university’s COVID-19 Self Checker. Family and friends who cannot attend the event will be able to watch a livestream of the ceremony.
Grad Knight and More
On April 30, Grad Knight — a chance to reflect on your college memories — will be held on Memory Mall. The affair is sponsored by 4EVER KNIGHTS and UCF Alumni. Space will be limited and attendees will need to RSVP for the event.
More activities will be made available for graduates and guests during the 10-day Spring Graduation Celebration and will include additional photo opportunities at the Reflecting Pond and other campus landmarks. Planning is underway for those events and additional information will be shared as it’s available.
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