Ceremony Day Procedures

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May 26, 2017


8:00 a.m.

Graduates must report to the candidates’ assembly and robing area on the first floor of the College of Law outside the Large Courtroom (RDB 1000).

All cording and medals will be presented in the candidates’ assembly and robing area at this time. A celebratory toast will take place in the candidates’ assembly and robing area before the Commencement Ceremony starts, and light breakfast items and refreshments will also be provided. RDB will be open only to graduates, faculty, and staff of FIU Law; all guests must report to the FIU Arena, identified on linked map as “ARE.”

9:00 a.m.

FIU Arena doors open for guests. All guests, including children and infants, must present printed tickets at the door, or they will be denied admission to the Commencement Ceremony.  Tickets presented on a smart phone, tablet, or computer screen will not be accepted.  There will not be any means by which to print the tickets at FIU Arena. You may purchase additional Commencement Ceremony tickets at the door for $7 each.

9:45 a.m.    

Graduates line up at RDB for processional.

10:00 a.m.  

Commencement Ceremony begins.

12:00 p.m.  

Commencement Ceremony ends.

Graduates’ Departure Procedures

  • Immediately following the Ceremony, all graduates and guests will be escorted out of the FIU Arena and onto the FIU Arena Plaza.
  • FIU Law will provide professional photographers to take photographs of graduates and guests at the FIU Arena Plaza (weather permitting) immediately following the Commencement Ceremony.  These photographs will be provided in an open-access format free of charge to graduates.  You will receive an email when these photographs are uploaded and ready to view.
  • You will receive a copy of the graduate composite picture in your diploma cover.

Diploma Delivery

  • Graduates participating in the Commencement Ceremony will receive a ceremonial certificate in lieu of an actual diploma. Approximately three months after the Commencement Ceremony, the Registrar’s Office will mail your diploma to your home address, as provided on Panthersoft. If you indicated on your graduation application that you would like to pick up your diploma, you will receive an email from the Registrar’s Office when it is ready.  If you have a financial hold on your account, the Registrar’s Office will release your diploma after you clear the hold.