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Frequently Asked Questions about Commencement

What should I do to ensure I have everything in order to attend graduation?

  1. Complete your application for graduation through the Registrar’s Office and make sure all of your PAWS info (address, etc.) is accurate.
  2. Order your cap and gown (at no charge) through the University Store site ( and click on Graduation Services. Visit the Caps, Gowns & Announcements page for complete details
  3. Read through all of the information on the website, which includes important TICKET INFO, CEREMONY INSTRUCTIONS , etc.
  4. Watch your FSU email for a link to login to Marching Order, a site where you can RSVP, order tickets, submit name pronunciation, and photos & message for our pre-ceremony slideshow. RSVP through Marching Order is REQUIRED to attend the ceremony.
  5. Bring your cap, gown, and index card with your name on it (which was included in your cap/gown packet) to graduation with you on May 21 to line up in the practice gym, PE Center lower level (see Maps) by 8:30 a.m. for the 9:30 ceremony and 1:00 p.m. for the 2:00 ceremony.

When is commencement?

Thursday, May 21, 2020

9:30 am College of Business and Education
2:00 pm College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

When and where should I arrive on the day of graduation?

Report to the practice gym in the PE Center no later than one hour before your ceremony.

Photos are available to be taken in room 168 beside of the practice gym from 8:00-9:00 a.m. for the 9:30 ceremony and 12:30-1:30 p.m. for the 2:00 ceremony. Photos will also be taken during the ceremony as you cross the stage. Proofs of the photos will be sent to your home address and email address several weeks after the ceremony and you will have the option to purchase at that time.

How many tickets will I receive?

College of Liberal Arts & Sciences - 4 Tickets
College of Business and Education - 7 Tickets

Will there be accommodations for handicapped guests? Do I need to reserve them?

There is a handicapped parking area which there will be signage showing the areas, and there is an entrance off that lot with an elevator that takes you right up into the lobby. (See Handicapped Accommodations and the Maps & Parking pages)

There will be a reserved area on the floor for guests in wheelchairs, which may also have one family member or friend sit with them. There will be a section marked as reserved on the bottom three rows of the bleachers on both sides of the arena reserved for anyone who is not able to climb the bleachers. A guest in need of sitting in this area may have one friend/family member sit with them. The seating is unpadded bleacher seating, so if that is a concern, you may want to bring a cushion or seat pad.

There is no reservation system or need to call ahead, unless you have a particular concern. We do our best to create abundant space for our guests with disabilities and there will be ushers there to assist you in any way necessary.

A sign language interpreter will also be translating the ceremony. Upon entering the arena, just locate an usher, and they will escort you to the area in front of the interpreter.

What should I wear to commencement?

There is no dress code, but wear whatever you’d like to be seen in photos in that day.

Commencement Contacts

Registrar's Office
Graduation certification (undergraduates), address changes, diplomas

Graduate Services
Graduation certification (Master’s and doctoral candidates)

University Store
Cap and gown orders, announcements

Special Academic Services
Ceremony and General Information