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.

  • 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.

  • 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 indoors in an air-conditioned arena.

  • 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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  • Where can I find more information about the venue and tickets?

    For all information and frequently asked questions regarding Hard Rock Stadium and ticketing, please visit the venue webpage.

  • Where do I park on Commencement day?

    All parking lots will open an hour and a half before the start of each ceremony. Parking is complimentary.

    Parking is conveniently located in the Southeast parking lot at the Hard Rock Stadium. Please refer to the parking map for commencement ceremony parking locations. Commencement graduates and guests will enter and exit via Gates 2 or 3.

    Ride share vehicles must enter and exit via Gate 3. Drop off location is indicated on the parking map above.

  • What are the face mask requirements?

    Wearing a mask will be required throughout the ceremony. Face coverings are required for all guests and staff over two years of age. Please bring your own face coverings and wear them at all times, except when actively eating or drinking. All face coverings whether disposable or reusable must be made with at least two layers of breathable material, fully cover the nose and mouth and secure under the chin. Fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face and be secured with ties or ear loops and allow you to remain hands free. At this time, based on guidance from health authorities open chin triangle bandanas and face coverings containing valves, mesh materials or holes of any kind are not acceptable face coverings.

  • Is there a bag policy in place at Hard Rock Stadium?

    Please review the Hard Rock Stadium clear bag policy for details on items that can and cannot be brough into the stadium. All guests will be subject to a search of their person and possessions prior to entering Hard Rock Stadium. In accordance with NFL Best Practices and Hard Rock Stadium security guidelines, all permissible bags per the policy of the event will be permitted into Hard Rock Stadium after a thorough inspection by a Stadium Security. Guests should be prepared to open their bags for inspection and may be asked by Hard Rock Stadium Security to shift and possibly remove the contents.

    For bags that exceed the permissible size, guests have the option of returning the item to their vehicle.

  • Will we have to go through security when entering the stadium?

  • Will the concessions be open during the commencement ceremonies?

    Concessions will be available on the 200 level for guests to enjoy. Each concession is 100% cashless. For concessions, socially distanced line queuing and stanchions will help guide all attendees to maintain proper social distancing protocols.

  • Will we be able to purchase UM paraphernalia at the stadium?

    Yes, the University of Miami bookstore will be on-site at Hard Rock Stadium selling flowers, diploma frames, and other UM items.

  • How can I view where I or my guests are sitting at Commencement?

    The Hard Rock interactive seating map can be viewed by clicking this link: https://www.seats3d.com/ncaa/university_miami/football/#/

  • Will the stadium be sanitized?

    Your safety is our top priority while at Hard Rock Stadium. Increased sanitation and disinfection protocols include disinfecting in between ceremonies and disinfecting handrails, doorknobs, and restrooms prior to all ceremonies. Hard Rock Stadium Housekeeping will have allotted time to ensure sanitation protocols have been met before proceeding with each ceremony.

Virtual Celebration Website

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Regalia

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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.

  • What happens at graduate check-in?

    At the graduate check-in area graduates will receive their name card, UMiami mask, 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 for Spring/Summer 2020 graduates are final records with the University of Miami. All Fall 2020 Latin honors are based on your previous semester's GPA. The Office of the Registrar will be at the troubleshooting table with all final records.

  • 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 and the dean of your school/college on stage. 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.

  • Will I get a diploma cover even though I already have one?

    Yes, all graduates will receive a diploma cover as they line up to walk 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 100 level of the stadium. 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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Special Needs

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Other Celebrations

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