Ceremony Begins — 9:30 a.m.
Candidates check in at the Gleason Performing Arts Center at 8 a.m.
To receive an associate or bachelor’s degree, a cumulative Florida Tech grade point average of 2.0 or higher is required. In the case of a student seeking two or more associate or bachelor’s degrees (see “Dual Majors and Additional Degrees”), a program GPA of at least 2.0 is required in each program for which a degree is awarded, as well as the overall GPA of at least 2.0 that is required for the award of any associate or bachelor’s degree (see “Grade Point Average” for the definitions of program and overall GPA).
A student is not permitted to graduate unless all financial obligations have been satisfied. All program requirements must be completed no later than 24 hours before commencement exercises. Program requirements completed after the deadline will cause a delay in the awarding of the degree.
Students should petition to graduate and attend the commencement ceremony for the term program requirements are met. Melbourne campus and Extended Studies students attend the spring ceremony if requirements are met in spring, the summer ceremony (beginning 2017) if the requirements are met in the summer, and the fall ceremony if the requirements are met in the fall.
Florida Tech Online students participate in the Melbourne commencement ceremony in spring if they satisfy requirements during Spring–1 or Spring–2, the summer ceremony (beginning 2017) if they satisfy requirements during Summer–1 or Summer–2 and the fall ceremony if they satisfy requirements during Fall–1 or Fall–2. 8
All required documentation such as course substitution forms, transfer credit, defense or final program examinations must be received by the graduation office (undergraduates) or Office of Graduate Programs (graduate students) by the second Monday before the end of the semester in order for the candidate to participate in the commencement ceremony.
All students must report to the Gleason Performing Arts Center no later than the assigned time. Once you have entered the area, please remain seated and follow all instructions very carefully. Please attend to personal matters prior to reporting to the area.
Seating arrangements and preparation for the ceremony are important. During the ceremony, students will be recognized for their accomplishments.
Appropriate business attire and shoes are required.
Neither food nor beverages are permitted in or around the ceremony area. This prohibition applies with force to alcoholic beverages, the presence of which is illegal and will lead to eviction from the Commencement Ceremony.
Certification of graduation will not occur until all academic requirements for your degree are fulfilled and you have paid all financial obligations to the university. Please check Access for last-minute charges, such as telephone fees, that may have been applied to your account. These charges are usually not posted until Thursday of final exam week. Be certain to check with the Security Office for unpaid traffic/parking fines and with the Library for book charges.
The university does not provide graduation completion letters. Verification of degree completion is reflected on the student’s official transcript.
A degree audit for each candidate petition is officiated by the Office of the Registrar. This process determines completion of degree requirements for each candidate. Completion (verification) information is available only on an official transcript once the audit is final. Official transcripts contain degree awarded information and are available to eligible students approximately eleven (11) business days after final grades for the term have posted.
Candidates receive specific date information about the availability of certification/verification information on their official transcript through their Florida Tech email account regularly during the term for which they have petitioned to graduate. Dates are subject to change.
Remember, it is your responsibility to clear outstanding charges on your account. You will not be mailed your diploma or have your degree posted to your academic record until all outstanding debts to the university have been paid.
All candidates must report in appropriate academic attire (cap and gown).
Make certain tassel is attached to cap and hung on the right.
Guest tickets for Melbourne campus candidates will be available closer to commencement. Candidates must present a photo ID in order to request guest tickets.
The number of tickets each candidate is allotted is limited by the venue’s seating capacity and by the number of graduates participating in the ceremony.
Education Center candidates attending the Melbourne campus commencement must contact their site for guest tickets.
Florida Tech Online candidates attending the Melbourne campus commencement will receive an email regarding their guest tickets once they have reported their intent to attend the exercise.
If a guest in your party requires special seating, arrangements must be made with the Graduation Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Two pictures will be taken by professional photographers, one as you receive your diploma, the other as you exit the stage. You may contact them at 800-261-2576 (toll free in the U.S.), 800-372-3686 (toll free in Canada) or 641-472-8000 from outside the U.S. or Canada, or at GradImages®.
Videos of the ceremony will be available on DVD and Blu-Ray. You can order your DVD or Blu-Ray here.