Grad Instructions

Commencement Ceremonies
July 29 - August 1


Graduates enter the Convocation Center at the student entrance in Gate 4 (please follow the floor decals). Each graduate needs a commencement pass to enter the Convocation Center and to cross the stage during the ceremony. 

The bar code on the pass must be legible by our equipment so that we can display your name on our large screens. We ask that you please handle your pass with care. 

If you did not obtain your pass during one of our commencement fairs, you need to report to our staff at the student entrance one hour prior to the ceremony. Please have you panther ID ready. 

Doctoral Candidates

Doctoral candidates must enter through the student entrance in Gate 4, and then proceed to the Doctoral Candidate Robing room. 


Cap and gowns will be for sale inside of Gate 4. Remember, you must wear FIU branded regalia and altered gowns won’t be allowed.    

Entry to Ceremony

At the start of the ceremony, we must close the gates briefly for organizational purposes. Once the platform party has entered and the National Anthem and Alma Mater has been sung, we will reopen doors and seat graduates as well as ticketed guests immediately.   

The Commencement Team