The Commencement CeremonyThis will be your
final opportunity to assemble with your faculty and college chairpersons before
receiving your degree. This, the 20th Commencement Ceremony, will celebrate the
traditional observances that accompany one of the highest rewards of academic
Assembly Graduates must arrive no later than 8:30am so they may be
assembled by college. Guests should plan to arrive by 9:30am as the doors to the
convention center will close for the procession at 9:45am. The ceremony starts
promptly at 10am. and usually lasts between two to two and a half hours.
Graduates should follow the signs in the center to the area reserved for the
graduate's designated college. They will then line up to form the academic
procession with faculty. University staff will distribute name cards that will
be used by announcers when students receive their degrees. These cards are coded
to assist students in lining up before the ceremony.
SecurityThose attending the ceremony should
allow for extra time for clearing security checkpoints and parking. Parking is
available in the parking garage adjacent to the convention center. Hourly
parking rates apply. Please note that the convention center is located within
Port Everglades. Entrance into the port is controlled at security checkpoints
which require all occupants of a vehicle 18 years of age or older to present
valid, government issued photo id such as a driver’s license.
Guest SeatingTickets are not required for the
Commencement ceremony. Guest seating is open and available on a first come,
first served basis. Guests should plan to be seated by 9:45am so that they will
be seated when the ceremony begins. Doors will be shut for the procession
beginning at 9:45am and will not be reopened until approximately 10:15am (after
Every guest who arrives prior to the 9:45am academic procession will be
accommodated. Guests who arrive after 9:45am will be seated after the invocation
Policy on PhotographyTo
maintain the solemnity of the ceremony, guests will not be allowed onto the main
floor area to take photographs.
Grad Images is the official Commencement photographer. Proofs will be sent to
your home and via email within three to five days after graduation. Pictures can
be ordered online, by phone or by mail. Grad Images can be contacted
Registering with Grad Images in advance provides them with the information
they need to deliver your graduation proofs in a timely manner. Giving them an
accurate mailing address and email address will get you your proofs on the first
try. You may also provide them with email addresses of up to six friends and
family members to allow them to celebrate in the accomplishment.
At the conclusion of the ceremony, graduates and guests are welcome to return
to the stage and pose for photos using the platform as a memorable backdrop.
A Note on ConductThe university makes every
attempt to plan and conduct a meaningful, dignified ceremony. The significance
of this day and the recognition of your academic achievements should be observed
Disorderly conduct, rowdiness, or the presence of alcohol
or drugs will be grounds for immediate ejection, and may result in your diploma
being retained by the university. Please refrain from using noise
Graduates are advised to use restroom facilities before the start
of the ceremony, as you will not be permitted to leave your seats once the
ceremony begins. You are required to remain seated in the convention center
throughout the program. Parents, family and friends are encouraged to follow
this example, as leaving the ceremony demonstrates extreme disrespect to all in
The Program Commencement programs will be
placed on each graduate’s seat and are available at the door for guests. The
program will list the order of exercises, biography of the honorary degree
recipients, and names of all qualifying graduates.
The ProcessionThe ceremony begins with the
academic procession (Larry Rice EdD, ’90 vice president & dean of academic
affairs followed by college banner marshals and the graduates), followed by
academic departments and the platform party. Students will be seated
alphabetically by college, and their degrees conferred accordingly.
International Flag Procession International
students are invited to carry the flag of their country as part of the
procession. Students will be selected on a first come/first served basis and
based on other criteria established by the university. Eligible students not
selected to carry their home country flag will be offered the opportunity to
carry the flag of another country if the students from that country either
declines or does not respond to the invitation to carry the flag. For details,
contact Nicole Graham, 305-892-7554
by April 12.
Conferring of DegreesCampus
vice president and dean of academic affairs, Larry Rice EdD, ’90 will ask
graduates eligible for bachelor's degrees to stand. He will then present them,
on behalf of the faculty, to the campus president, Loreen Chant '89. The
president will confer the degree upon these individuals and then ask them to be
Receiving your Diploma Graduates will be
invited to the platform to receive “mock” diplomas. Official diplomas will be
mailed approximately 12 weeks after you complete all requirements for your
degree. The details printed on your degree will be based on the information we
have on file.
The term commencement and graduation are often used interchangeably but have
different definitions. Please note that participation in a Commencement ceremony
does not indicate that students have completed all degree requirements and
earned a degree. Commencement is a formal ceremony for students who have been
cleared to walk in the Commencement ceremonies by Student Academic Services.
Only Student Academic Services can confirm the official graduation status.
Ushers will escort you to the platform in a systematic and orderly fashion.
Once you reach the base of the platform, you should present one copy of your
name card to the Grad Images representative who will take your picture. A JWU
staff member will present you with your “mock” diploma and you will ascend the
stairs and present the second copy of your name card to the announcer. As your
name is read, you will proceed to center stage to greet the campus president and
pose for a photo. After that, proceed across the stage and shake hands with your
college chair and promptly return to your seat as directed by the ushers.
We urge all students to check their account status with Student Financial Services prior to Commencement. Failure to satisfy all financial
obligations to the university will prevent you from receiving your diploma in a
The Recession The ceremony concludes with the
awarding of degrees. Graduates are to stand as the platform party leaves the
convention center. You will be directed by the ushers for a swift and orderly
exit. Do not leave the convention center until directed to do so by an