Hard Rock Stadium has been selected as our venue due to its outdoor, open space, allowing for appropriate physical distancing. Hard Rock Stadium located at 347 Don Shula Drive, Miami Gardens, FL 33056.

Visit the venue information and FAQ page here for venue details and COVID-19 policies


To maintain physical distancing, graduates will be allotted four guest tickets. Students should have claimed their tickets via CaneLink when they applied for graduation.

Each guest above the age of 2 must have an individual ticket to enter. Tickets will be emailed to graduates on May 3rd, graduates are responsible for sending their guests their tickets. Guest seats will be reserved and seat locations will be displayed when the tickets are delivered via your UM email.

In an effort to maintain physical distancing, guest tickets claimed by graduates are non-transferable and will be assigned pod seating. Graduates may not give their guest tickets to another graduate.

Doors will open 90 minutes prior to the published start time of the ceremony. Guests are encouraged to arrive early to expedite the screening process.

Security and Venue Policies

Please review the Hard Rock Stadium clear bag policy for details on items that can and cannot be brought into the stadium. All guests will be subject to a search of their person and possessions prior to entering Hard Rock Stadium. 

For complete venue guide, please visit the Hard Rock Stadium A-Z Guide.

Large items such as strollers will not be permitted in the arena but may be checked at the SE gate on the ground floor. Please ask guest services staff for assistance in checking items. Balloons, confetti, and noise makers are not permitted.


Only factory-sealed, plastic bottles of water that are 20 oz. or less in size are allowed inside Hard Rock Stadium (reusable water bottles are not permitted). Concession stands will be open during commencement ceremonies on the concourse. In addition, water fountains are conveniently located throughout Hard Rock Stadium on each level outside each set of restrooms. All fountains are accessible to guests with disabilities.

UM Graduate Gifts

The UM Campus Store will be on site at Hard Rock Stadium selling UM gifts, flowers, and diploma frames (can be shipped).

Printed Program Books

Commencement program books are complimentary and will be available at the entrance to the ceremony for guests and in the seating areas reserved for graduating students and participating faculty. The program, which will be individualized for each ceremony, lists the name, degree, and proper accolades for each graduate. It also contains biographical information on honorary degree recipients and speakers as well as a detailed sequence of events for each ceremony.