Summer 2019 Commencement

Strudent Union



Graduation and Commencement are two separate functions, and have separate processes and deadlines. You must apply to graduate in order to receive your degree and diploma; however, you do not have to physically attend the Commencement Ceremony.

If you are graduating and want to attend the Commencement Ceremony and receive guest tickets, please be mindful of the Application for Degree deadline and the RSVP to the Ceremony deadline listed below:

  • Application for Degree Summer 2019 Deadline is May 31, 2019
  • Graduates will receive an email invitation in their FAU mail account the week of June 21, 2019
  • Graduates must RSVP to the Registrar's Office by July 7, 2019 if they intend to participate in the ceremony
  • Everyone should reply to the email whether or not they plan to attend the ceremony.


The Summer 2019 ceremonies will be held on Tuesday, August 6th at 9am, 1pm and 5pm

The Commencement Ceremony will last approximately two hours. In order to maintain an orderly and dignified ceremony, one that you and your fellow classmates will want to remember, all graduates and their guests are expected to be present for the entire ceremony. As you make your decision concerning your attendance at Commencement, please keep this in mind.



The Carole and Barry Kaye Performing Arts Center located in the Student Union on the Boca Raton campus. For directions and parking information for FAU Commencement Ceremonies at the Boca Raton Campus click here.


Degree Candidate Arrival Time, Procession, and Security 

Arrival: Degree candidates should report to the Live Oak Pavilion 1 hour before the beginning of the ceremony. The Live Oak Pavilion is located across from Parking Garage I and can also be accessed through the Student Union. For further directions please use the campus map

Procession: The procession of graduates begins 20 minutes before the start of your ceremony. To ensure you are able to walk in the procession we strongly advise you arrive 1 hour early. For example, if your ceremony is at 9:00am the procession of graduates will start at 8:40am. Please plan accordingly so you do not miss any part of your special day. Should you arrive after the procession has started, you will be seated directly in the auditorium with your fellow graduates. 

Security: All bags and personal belongings will be inspected upon entering the Student Union. As such, please bring only essential items to the graduation ceremony. Plan your arrival to ensure adequate time to go through security.


Guest Arrival and Security 

Arrival: Doors to the auditorium open 112 hours ahead of the ceremony. Guests are strongly encouraged to arrive early and allow for adequate time to park and pass through the security screening. Guests arriving 20 minutes before the ceremony will be delayed from entering the auditorium until the procession of graduates concludes. 

Security: All bags and personal belongings will be inspected upon entering the Student Union. As such, please bring only essential items to the graduation ceremony. Plan your arrival to ensure adequate time to go through security.




Tuesday, August 6th at 9 AM 


Tuesday, August 6th at 1 PM 


Tuesday, August 6th at 5 PM


* The date and time of each College's ceremony will be determined and published the week of June 17, 2019.   

ONLINE VIEWING: The commencement exercises are available for viewing online at http://www.fau.edu/webcast/


Graduates: Please notify the Registrar's Office at  commencement@fau.edu  or call  561-297-3050 (prompt # 5) at least 10 days prior to the ceremony if you, as a student participating in the ceremony, will require an accommodation due to a disability.

Guests: There is reserved seating on the ground floor of the auditorium for individuals with special needs, and for those who cannot access the second floor. These reserved seats are sectioned off and are assigned on a first come, first served basis. Please see the seating ushers for assistance.

Individuals who require reserved seating may be accompanied by one other guest. If your party wishes to be seated together on the ground floor, please arrive at least one hour prior to the start of ceremony so that ushers will be able to assist you in locating appropriate seating.

Live Closed Captioning is available on the day of the ceremony by going to www.fau.edu/closedcaptioning 



 Last Modified 5/15/19