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An aerial photograph of Tropicana Field with the text, 123 Commencement Convocation Spring 2021.

USF returns to in-person commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 8

The University of South Florida will hold in-person commencement ceremonies this weekend for the first time since December 2019, as COVID-19 forced ceremonies to be held virtually in spring, summer and fall of 2020. USF President Steven Currall will preside over spring commencement ceremonies scheduled for 9 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 8, at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg.

May 3, 2021University News

University of South Florida: A Preeminent Research University

An important update to USF’s Spring 2021 Commencement plan

After consulting with our experts from USF Health and university event management team, I’m pleased to inform you that we have modified our plan and will announce each graduate’s name during the ceremony and allow them to stand briefly to be recognized.

March 17, 2021

University of South Florida: A Preeminent Research University

Announcing plans for USF’s Spring 2021 Commencement

I am pleased to announce that our 123rd Commencement will be held in person this May at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg. Ceremonies are tentatively scheduled for Friday, May 7 – Sunday, May 9, 2021.

March 15, 2021

University of South Florida: A Preeminent Research University

USF to hold in-person commencement ceremonies this spring

The University of South Florida will host its first in-person commencement ceremonies since December 2019, as COVID-19 forced the ceremonies to be held virtually in spring, summer and fall of 2020. Ceremonies are tentatively scheduled for May 7-9.

March 15, 2021University News

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USF to confer more than 5,000 degrees virtually on Dec. 12

The fall class includes a graduate making university history, a husband and wife graduating together and a 19 year old only one year removed from high school.

December 7, 2020University News

A graphic that says 'Summer 2020 Virtual Commencement'

USF to hold virtual commencement ceremonies on Aug. 8

The University of South Florida will recognize thousands of summer graduates through virtual commencement ceremonies on Saturday, Aug. 8. Nearly 3,000 degrees will be conferred in the university’s second-ever virtual ceremonies, caused by restrictions on large gatherings due to the coronavirus pandemic.

August 3, 2020University News

The Skyway Bridge lit up in green and gold

Tampa Bay area landmarks lit up in green and gold to honor USF graduates

While the coronavirus epidemic may have halted the University of South Florida’s traditional commencement ceremonies, supporters from throughout the Tampa Bay region found creative ways to honor the spring graduating class of 2020.

May 11, 2020COVID-19, University News

2020 USF Virtual Commencement Ceremonies

USF President Steven Currall presides over ceremonies for campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg and Sarasota-Manatee that includes the conferring of nearly 7,500 degrees. The spring 2020 class features 43 students who hold a perfect 4.0 GPA, 272 student veterans and graduates from 50 states and more than 100 nations. Of the degrees to be awarded, approximately 6,617 are from USF in Tampa, 544 from USF St. Petersburg and 280 from USF Sarasota-Manatee.

May 9, 2020COVID-19, University News

Spring 2020 Virtual Commencement Graphic

Nearly 7,500 USF degrees to be conferred virtually during May 9 ceremonies

For the first time in its history, the University of South Florida will hold virtual commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 9, to recognize thousands of graduates who are unable to participate in traditional, in-person ceremonies due to the coronavirus outbreak. Here, you can read short stories about a few of those graduates and how they're shaping the future.

April 30, 2020Campus Life, University News

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USF Updates Spring Commencement Plans

The University of South Florida announced plans to uniquely recognize the thousands of spring graduates who won’t be able to participate in traditional commencement ceremonies in May due to the coronavirus outbreak.

April 8, 2020University News

USF graduation ceremony

USF to Confer More Than 5,000 Degrees in Fall Commencement

The University of South Florida System will confer approximately 5,000 degrees during its 119th commencement convocation.

December 9, 2019University News

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President Steve Currall to Lead His First USF Commencement Ceremonies

New University of South Florida System President Steve Currall will lead his first commencement exercises during summer ceremonies held Aug. 3-4. Currall officially became USF’s seventh president on July 1. More than 3,200 USF System degrees will be conferred during a total of three ceremonies at the Yuengling Center in Tampa and the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg, including graduates from 48 states and 79 nations.

July 30, 2019University News

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