Commencement Information

Important Information for graduating students!

Please read this ENTIRE page and contact us at ahc-dess@ufl.edu if you have any questions. Failure to do so could result in not graduating or receiving your diploma.


Applying to Graduate

You MUST apply to graduate in ONE.UF by the deadline. 

How to submit the degree application: please click on the following link to submit your graduation application in ONE.UF. Click on “Academics” on the left side of the page, click on “Degree/Certificate application,” and provide the requested information. You need to pick “Master of Science.”

Qualifying to Graduate

In order to graduate, you must meet the following conditions:

  • Be enrolled in at least 3 credits if your final semester is in Fall or Spring, 2 credits if Summer.
  • Completion of all required courses and necessary electives
    • Only courses completed with a grade of C or higher can be counted toward a degree or graduate certificate
  • An overall GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • A major GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • If you have an Incomplete in any course, please contact your instructor immediately to ensure completion of the coursework on time.
  • If you are not sure if you meet the above qualifications, email ahc-dess@ufl.edu

Students must apply to graduate in their final term.

Make sure you do not owe the university any money!

Satisfy all financial obligations (fines, tickets, fees, etc.) with the University Bursar. Your final grades, transcripts and diploma will not be released until all debt are paid. All emergency or short-term loans from the college and university must also be paid before graduation. You can view and pay any current charges due on ONE.UF.

Did you receive financial aid? If you received financial aid, you will need to complete an exit interview. Your final grades, transcripts and diploma will not be released until this is done.

  • Follow these instructions to complete an exit interview Go to ONE.UF
    • Click on “Finances” from the menu on the left
    • Click on “Campus Finances”
    • Under Related Links click on “Loan Exit Counseling”
  • If you don’t remember your PIN, call loan services at 352-392-0737

The Commencement Ceremony

Check the Registrar’s website for important information regarding the commencement ceremony, including the schedule, information for graduates, information for guests, and more. You do not have to attend the graduation ceremony in order to graduate.

Graduates attending commencement order their regalia (cap and gown) through our regalia provider, Herff Jones. Please visit the University of Florida Visitor Center/Bookstore for ordering information and deadlines.

Master’s degree candidates purchase a cap with black tassel, gown with slitted sleeves, and hood depicting the color of their college.  You do not need to return your regalia.

Diplomas

Diplomas will not be handed out at graduation. The Office of the University Registrar will mail diplomas to your permanent address on file with the University of Florida approximately 8 to 10 weeks after graduation. Diplomas measure 11 ¾” high by 16” wide.

Make sure your permanent address is correct in the UF Directory by following these steps:

  • Log into myUFL
    • Under Main Menu, click on My Account
    • Select Update Directory Information

Announcements

Graduation announcements can be purchased from Herff Jones.

Graduation Survey

The Office of Lifelong Learning will email a 10-question, three minute survey approximately a month after you graduate. Your feedback as an alumni helps us continually enhance our online graduate program for future students. Additionally, your responses ensure our program maintains accreditation compliance. A special alumni gift will be mailed upon completion of this graduation survey.