USF Summer 2020 Commencement

The State University System of Florida announced that all state universities, including the University of South Florida, have been directed to develop alternative plans for summer commencement due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Unfortunately, today’s announcement means that our traditional on-campus commencement ceremonies cannot proceed in August as planned. 

We are deeply saddened that our graduates will not have the opportunity to experience the traditional celebration that comes with earning a college degree, an important milestone in their lives and for so many others who helped them along their journey. We also understand that the health and wellbeing of not only our students—but their loved ones, as well as our faculty and staff—must always be at the forefront of everything we do at USF. 

The USF commencement team is working diligently to create alternative plans for this summer that will follow guidance from state and local public health officials. We will include key stakeholders across our university community, including Student Body President Claire Mitchell and student leaders across all three USF campuses, as we develop unique ways to honor our graduates.  More information will be provided in the coming weeks.

We also want to reaffirm our commitment to invite our spring 2020 and summer 2020 graduates to participate in a future traditional in-person commencement, as soon as those ceremonies can safely resume.

Campus :

USF Sarasota-Manatee

Ceremony at USF Sarasota-Manatee:

2020 Masters and Bachelor candidates

Ceremony Date / Time / Location:

The summer 2020 commencement scheduled for August is postponed until further notice.

Commencement Contacts:

Darren Gambrell, Commencement Student Coordinator

Kimberly Mones, Commencement Ceremony Coordinator

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 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.  

Deadline to apply is Monday, June 15th.  
Students who do not apply by this date may not have their names included in the Commencement program and may have their degree certification delayed (even if all requirements have been met).

Ceremony Registration Deadline:

In order to participate in the ceremony, you must also RSVP using the link below:

Ceremony RSVP Form

The following forms are used for students participating in a ceremony other than the one in which they will graduate. Both forms require students to meet with advisors to determine eligibility and assign approvals.

USF Sarasota-Manatee  Early Walk Form
USF Sarasota-Manatee  Delayed Walk Form

Grad Stampede:

Grad Stampede has been cancelled. Please look for communication regarding class rings and invitations, free headshots, to vote for Outstanding Professor and learn more about the USF Alumni Association Membership.  

Cap & Gown:

Cap and Gown Order Form

Graduation Announcements:

You may order your class rings and graduation announcements through Herff Jones or at the Grad Stampede. 

Honor Society/International Student Sashes:

Honors Sash Order Form

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 and Scholars Services Office. International students can place their sash order when they register for the Commencement ceremony.  Sashes maybe be picked up at the Patel Center, CGS101 two days prior to the ceremony.  For more information, visit the International Services page at USF World or call (813) 974-5495.


Tickets are NOT required for this ceremony.

Time For Graduates To Arrive:

60 minutes prior to the ceremony

Where To Report:

Report to the main entrance at the Bradenton Area Convention Center (map) located at 1 Haben Boulevard, Palmetto, Florida 34221.

Special Services:

Graduates with ADA needs should indicate it on the RSVP. You can also contact info or 941-359-4714 for accommodations. 

Commencement Program Listing:

Names published in this Commencement program are a list of candidates who have applied to graduate for this term.  Your name may not appear if the application was not submitted by the application to graduate deadline.  Names are also not printed for those who elected total privacy on their university record.  The list of candidates in this program is not a certified list of graduates.

Parking Information:

Parking is at the Bradenton Area Convention Center (map) located at 1 Haben Boulevard, Palmetto, Florida 34221.

Fall 2020:

Monday, December 14, 2020