FAQ

General Information

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  • Where can I get information about the Commencement exercises?

    All activities related to Commencement are managed by the Office of Commencement. For details and information including ceremony times, location, and cap and gown ordering can be found on the commencement website under Ceremony Information. Should you have any questions or concerns please contact our office at commencement@miami.edu.

  • When is commencement?

    There are two commencements annually: Fall Commencement held in December and Spring Commencement held in May. All students who wish to participate in commencement must apply to graduate via CaneLink by the deadline. Students who are scheduled to complete their degree requirements in Fall should apply during the fall semester and participate in the ceremony in December. Students who are scheduled to complete their degree requirements in Spring or Summer should apply during the spring semester and participate in the ceremony in May. For full details please click here.

  • Can I walk in a different ceremony?

    In certain circumstances students will be allowed to walk in a ceremony other than the one held in the semester in which they complete their degree requirements. Acceptable circumstances include: study abroad; full-time internships/employment; summer graduation with deferred ceremony (some summer graduates elect to delay their participation in commencement until December). If you wish to participate in a ceremony other than the one in which your degree will be completed, please visit the application for graduation page for details. ALL other candidates must apply online via CaneLink.

    This is subject to change due to the pandemic.

  • Is Commencement going to be held in-person?

    Currently, the plan is to host an in-person Commencement ceremony at the Hard Rock Stadium, if public health guidelines allow us to do so at that time.

  • Is there any cost for graduation?

    The University of Miami covers all costs for all graduates’ regalia. Students are only responsible for the shipping fee. After the ceremony, the regalia is yours to keep or recycle. Students have the option to purchase graduation invitations and announcements, diploma frames and other graduation gifts.

    Any student who misses the deadline to order cap and gown will be responsible for the full price of cap and gown and shipping.

  • Will there be any professional photographers?

    Yes, GradImages photographers will be at commencement and will take a picture of each graduate as they walk across the stage. A complimentary copy of the photo taken as the graduate is congratulated by the President will be mailed to the graduates at the address listed on the reader card, along with instructions to order additional prints. After the event, photo proofs will be available to view on the GradImages website. Personal photographs may be taken only before and after the ceremony. No one is permitted in the aisles during the ceremony.

  • Will the ceremony be broadcast live?

    Yes. Visit the livestream website on the day of the ceremony to watch the webcast event.

  • What do I wear?

    Commencement is a capstone event and great Miami Hurricane tradition. There is no formal dress code; however, it is recommended the graduate dress for a special occasion. Friends and family may dress however they are comfortable for the event. Keep in mind that the ceremony is outdoors and graduates will be seated on the grass, therefore, we strongly recommend wearing comfortable shoes.

  • How are the Honorary Degree Recipients chosen?

    Candidates for a University of Miami honorary degree, or a degree honoris causa, are submitted to the University via a nomination process and must undergo a committee review and Board approval in order to be selected. Our honorary degree archive webpage provides additional information about honorary degree conferrals.

  • I have other questions. Who do I call?

    You may contact the Office of Commencement at (305) 284-1824 or commencement@miami.edu.

Eligibility, Degree, & Diploma

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Venue and Ticketing

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Virtual Celebration Website

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Regalia

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  • Have I ordered regalia? Am I all set?

    After applying for graduation in CaneLink you will receive the link to place your order for cap and gown. You must place your order by the deadline (March 16) in order to guarantee that you receive it on time. Additional fees will apply after the deadline and there is no guarantee that your cap and gown will arrive on time.

  • I missed the deadline to order regalia and plan to attend the in-person ceremony. How can I get cap and gown?

    If you missed the deadline to order cap and gown, extra cap and gown will be available at the graduate check-in area when you arrive at Hard Rock Stadium. Please make sure to stop by the Herff Jones table to get your cap and gown.

    If you place an order online after the deadline, you will be responsible for the full cost of cap, gown, and shipping.

    If you plan on attending the in-person ceremony you can pick up your cap and gown on the day of the ceremony. We will have extras available at the graduate check-in area at Hard Rock Stadium. Be sure to arrive 1 hour before the ceremony start time.

  • How can I purchase the stole of gratitude?

    Stoles of gratitude will be available for purchase on the day of the in-person ceremony at the Graduate Check-in area. They are $25 each, credit card only.

  • Do I have to pay for regalia?

    Regalia is provided free of charge to all graduating University of Miami students. Students are only responsible for the shipping fee. All students must order regalia via the Herff Jones ordering site by the deadline. Orders placed after the deadline will incur additional fees.

  • Can doctoral students purchase custom regalia?

    Yes. All doctoral students have the option to purchase custom doctoral regalia. For more information or to place your order, visit the Herff Jones site. Please allow 6-8 weeks for delivery.

  • Is there special regalia or cord for Latin honors?

    No. The University of Miami does not have special regalia for Latin Honors. There is no additional cord or stole. The Latin honor for each graduate is displayed on screen and read aloud as they walk across the stage. It is also indicated in the program book next to the graduates name and included on the diploma.

  • What side do I wear my tassel on Commencement day?

    All Bachelor's degree candidates should wear the tassel on the right side of the cap. During the ceremony they will be instructed to move the tassel to the left side after degrees are conferred.

    All Master's and Doctoral degree candidates should wear the tassel on the left side of the cap.

    Click here to view how to wear your regalia.

  • I am a faculty member participating in commencement. How do I place my order for rental regalia?

    All faculty who plan to participate whether as invited stage party or general faculty must RSVP and order regalia on the Faculty RSVP website by the deadline.

Graduation Products

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Graduate Information

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  • As a graduate, what time should I arrive and where do I go?

    Graduates should arrive at least one hour prior to ceremony start time. All graduates must arrive fully dressed and wearing their hoods (this includes Doctoral, M.D. & Law students). If you missed the deadline to order cap and gown, extra cap and gown will be available at the graduate check-in area. Graduate entrance is located at the SW gate.

  • What happens at graduate check-in?

    At the graduate check-in area graduates will receive their name card, UMiami mask, handheld fan, water, and a pen. The back of your name card must be filled out using the pen provided at your seat. Graduates also have the opportunity to make edits to the way your name is displayed by visitng the troubleshooting table. Herff Jones will also be on site for any cap and gown issues. Graduates will also be able to purchase the stole of gratitude ($25 credit card only).

  • What happens if my name or Latin Honor is incorrect on my card?

    Latin honors are awarded to bachelor's degree candidates only. All Latin honors at commencement are based on your previous semesters GPA. The Office of the Registrar will be present at graduate check-in to assist with any questions regarding Latin honors.

  • What happens during the ceremony? Do graduates walk across the stage?

    All graduates physically present will walk across the stage and have their name read aloud and displayed on the screen. You will receive a diploma cover as you walk up to the stage. Graduates will take a physically distanced photo with the president. No handshaking with the president or Dean is allowed.

    Doctoral students will not be hooded on stage and should arrive wearing their hood. All graduates must keep their masks on the entire ceremony, even when walking across the stage.

  • How long will the ceremony last?

    Each commencement ceremony will last approximately 2.5-3 hours.

  • Where do graduates sit? Are the seats assigned or can I sit near my friends?

    All graduates will be physically distanced and seated on the field. Graduates are seated with their classmates according to school or college and degree level. Graduates are not seated alphabetically or by specific degrees. All graduates will be displayed on the video screens as they receive the diploma on stage.

Guest Information

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Other Celebrations

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