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The Commencement Caravan will take place on Friday, July 9th from 5 - 8 PM. The Caravan will take place between the Blue and Gold garages.

During the caravan portion, you will get the opportunity to get out of your car once instructed to do so, walk across a mini-stage, and get a congratulatory diploma from Roary. You will also have the opportunity to take a physically distanced photo with President Rosenberg and Roary. Please note, this is the only event where you will have a photo opportunity with the President. Registration is NOT required for this event.

There will be prizes for the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners of the car decorating competition! The winners will be announced on social media a few days after the event.

While regalia is not required for the caravan, we highly encourage it. 

Below are important instructions for the event. We ask that you please read through it carefully. 


  • Masks are highly recommended
  • Maintain social distancing 
  • ONLY THE GRADUATE WILL BE ALLOWED OUT OF THE CAR, and only to walk across the stage
  • In order to walk across the stage for the photo-op with Roary, you must have a designated driver
    • No unattended vehicles will be permitted
  • Please make sure to follow the signage on stage
    • The President will not be taking individual pictures with the Graduates. He will be on stage to show support and cheer you on from a safe distance
    • Roary will give you a congratulatory diploma on stage for the socially distant photo-op
    • You will receive a gift bag when exiting the stage
  • Photographer will be on-site to take your photo on stage with Roary and the President in the background
    • The photo will be made available for you to download approximately 48-72 hours after the event
    • You may have a family member film you walking across the stage from the vehicle
  • Regalia is not required but strongly encouraged for the photo/video to be featured. IF you purchase:
    • You must purchase your own prior to participating in the caravan
    • You must purchase certified FIU regalia from Barnes & Noble/Herff Jones only
    • You can purchase regalia at the Barnes & Noble Bookstore (recommended)
    • Or at the Commencement Fair which will happen in conjunction with the caravan
  • Commencement Fair will include Barnes & Noble, Herff Jones, GradImages, Registrar's Office, and Alumni Association.
    • Barnes & Noble – Purchase regalia, grad gear, and other FIU memorabilia
    • Herff Jones – Purchase Class Ring
    • GradImages – Take a free graduation portrait
      • Please note, you must purchase regalia in order to take the free portrait
    • Alumni Association – Find out how you can stay connected with FIU as alumni
    • Registrar's Office – Obtain your Commencement Pass
  • Show your excitement and panther pride by decorating your car! Remember, there will be 1st-3rd place prizes. 

Photos that can be used as examples for decorating car contest:

We look forward to celebrating you on this special day!

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The Commencement Team