Spring 2021 Commencement Scheduled for May 7–9 at Tropicana Field

Students must register to attend by April 5.

Ceremony Details

Photo Opportunity 

Ahead of Spring 2021 Commencement, students on each campus will have the chance to take their formal commencement portrait in front of the official USF backdrop, as well as locations that are meaningful to that specific campus. 

Students must register in advance of each campus’ photo opportunity event. Tampa and St. Petersburg campus students must register by midnight on Sunday, April 4 and Sarasota-Manatee campus students must register by midnight on Thursday, April 22.


Monday, April 5 and Wednesday, April 7, 10am-6pm
Click here to register

As is done routinely with a traditional ceremony, these photos are only for students and family members or friends are not included in the official commencement portraits. Face coverings will be required at all times, even while outside, except when it is your turn to have your photo taken.

As this is your chance to take your formal commencement photo, academic regalia is strongly recommended, but we understand the hardship that our community continues to face, so we have made the decision to allow students to wear business casual or other appropriate attire for this event.  For example, a dress shirt and tie with slacks, dress or pant suit. For those students who wish to wear regalia for this event, please contact the USF St. Petersburg campus Bookstore for specific instructions on how to place your order and acquire your regalia.

For both our Spring Commencement and the photo op, students will need to complete their Daily Symptom Check and provide proof of its completion and their advance registration when they check-in.


You may purchase your regalia (cap, gown, tassel, Master’s hoods, etc.) at the USF St. Petersburg campus Bookstore

Announcements, invitations, class rings and other graduation items may be ordered from
Herff Jones
salesrep2@hjcollegefl.com or (904) 641-4060

For questions, please email USF St. Petersburg Campus Bookstore Customer Service.

Only the approved regalia from the USF Bookstores can be worn at the ceremony.


Baccalaureate candidates are welcome to wear University approved Medallions and/or Sashes during the Commencement Ceremony. Unauthorized items may not be worn. Master’s candidates do not qualify for honors and may not wear items earned as an undergraduate student.

  • Undergraduate students who qualify for the Summa Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude or Cum Laude GPA based graduation/degree distinctions may purchase an Honors Medallion from the Bookstore. You will receive an email notification 2 weeks prior to the ceremony if you are eligible to purchase. Your name must be on the distinction list at the Bookstore.
  • Students who are members of the Honors Program will receive an Honors Medallion at the end of their successful thesis defense. Eligibility questions can be directed to the Honors Program Director, Thomas Smith.
  • Students who are members of an approved Honors Society may order an Honors Sash directly from the Society. Honors Sashes are custom made and need to be pre-ordered.
  • International sashes are available from the Office of International Services for those degree candidates whose home country is outside the continental United States. The sashes bear the same colors as the flag of each nation. International students can request a sash when RSVPing for Commencement. Students will be contacted by the Global Initiatives office, once the sash is available for pick up.
    PNM 102, 1 (727) 873-4270, Email.


Graduate names listed in the program are generated from the online graduation application students complete through OASIS. Students who have elected total privacy of their student record or who do not apply to graduate by the deadline, may not have their name appear in the program.

The deadline to be included in the Commencement program is the graduation application deadline of February, 8 2021.


If you have any other Commencement questions or special needs, please email us.