Frequently Asked Questions

spring 2021 Commencement

What do I need to do to attend Commencement?

Only students who registered to attend Commencement by the April 5 deadline are eligible to attend. Students must now indicate if they will attend their assigned ceremony by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, April 16 via the link sent directly to them via their USF email. Students are not permitted to switch ceremonies and can attend only their assigned ceremony. Failure to submit a response by the deadline will default the student’s response to “No” and they will be ineligible to attend.

In keeping the health and safety of all in mind, all students will be limited to two guests and every person in attendance at the ceremony must wear a face covering at all times. Students will not cross the stage but will have their name announced and will be given a moment of individual recognition at their seat. Academic regalia is required for students to participate in Commencement and can be purchased at the USF Bookstore.

Only those students who submit their response by April 16 indicating “Yes” they will attend will be eligible to do so.

What is the date and time of the Commencement ceremony?

USF will hold two ceremonies for Spring 2021 Commencement on Saturday, May 8 at 9:00 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. See here for more information.

What health and safety measures will be in place for Commencement?

All Commencement attendees will be required to wear an appropriate face covering at all times (this also applies to individuals who have received a COVID-19 vaccine). To maintain physical distancing, students will not cross the stage during the ceremony and will be limited to bringing two guests to the ceremony. Additionally the entire event space will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected before and after each ceremony. Students will also need to complete the USF Daily Symptom Check and provide proof of its completion when they check-in.

What will the Spring 2021 Commencement entail?

The university’s return to in-person commencement ceremonies was and will be guided by expert medical and public health guidance. The ceremony will consist of a shorter program of speakers than a typical commencement, but will include the key elements of having students individually recognized and having their degrees formally conferred by President Currall. Students will not cross the stage as a health and safety measure taken against the possible spread of COVID-19, but their name will be announced and they will have the opportunity to stand at their seat and be recognized.

How do I register my guests for Commencement?

The guest ticketing system details are being finalized. Students who register to attend Commencement by April 5 will be guaranteed and limited to two guests for the ceremony. We will share additional information about guest tickets soon. Please check your USF email regularly. 

How do I get my official Commencement photo taken?

Information about the photo op event, including late registrations and appointment time changes, can be found here.

If I am a spring 2021 graduate do I have to attend the Spring 2021 Commencement, can I attend a later one?

Yes, if a spring 2021 graduate chooses not to attend this May’s Commencement—whether it be for their own health or safety or desire to have a more traditional ceremony—they can wait to attend the makeup commencement for our spring, summer and fall 2020 graduates.

I am a class of 2020 graduate, can I attend the Spring 2021 Commencement?

The Spring 2021 Commencement is limited to spring 2021 graduates only. We remain committed to our class of 2020 graduates. When we are able to host more traditional Commencement ceremonies, we will invite previous graduates to attend. We have not determined a date yet. We are guided by state and local officials and public health experts on how to best hold our ceremonies. We will email more information to 2020 graduates when it is available.