Guest Information

General Information

Welcome parents, families and guests! We know this is an exciting time for you and your graduate of the University of South Florida. To help you prepare for your ceremony experience, please review the following information:

Tampa ceremonies are held at the USF Sun Dome. Doors open 90 minutes prior to the start of each ceremony.  Seating is first come, first served and no tickets are required. Seat saving is not allowed.  For the best seats, and for large groups, please arrive when the doors open.

Commencement is a most dignified event, fitting for the accomplishment your son or daughter has achieved. Please refrain from bringing any noisemakers, balloons, large signs or other items that would impact the ceremony experience for other families, friends and guests.

Limited concessions are available at the Sun Dome. For your convenience, the USF Bookstore will be selling USF imprinted merchandise. A flower vendor will also have bouquets for sale outside.

Directions & Parking

Directions to the USF Sun Dome

There is no cost for parking and parking permits are not required during Commencement ceremonies. See the Embed parking map for more information. 

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Want to receive e-mail updates?

Graduates have the option to provide parent email addresses when they RSVP for their Commencement ceremony. Please have your student add your contact information and you will receive important Commencement information as the ceremony gets closer.

Accessibility & Special Needs

There is no pre-assigned seating for guests with disabilities as our venue has ample accommodations available. Wheelchair seating is available and these spaces are given on a first come, first served basis. Please be aware that the Sun Dome does not have wheelchairs or other equipment to loan or rent.

Disabled parking is located in parking lot 6, on the North side of the Sun Dome, by Gate C and D.

Deaf or hard of hearing guests may sit in Section 113, close to the stage, as interpreters will be provided near this location.

For more information about the Sun Dome accessibility, please visit the Sun Dome website.