Graduation & Honors

Graduating students are encouraged to participate in commencement exercises. Your family and friends are welcome to join us in celebrating your accomplishments. Commencement exercises are free and open to the public; tickets or reservations are not required.

  • Commencement Information

To receive a diploma and participate in commencement, you must complete the UF graduation checklist, which includes the submission of an online degree application by the established deadline.

Additional information regarding commencement can be located at the UF’s Commencement website including ceremony schedule, instructions and guest information.

Warrington Summer 2017 Commencement

The Heavener School of Business and Fisher School of Accounting commencement ceremony will take place on Saturday, August 5, 2017 at 10:00 am in the Exactech Arena at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center.

Ceremony Schedule
  1. 8:30 AM
    Students arrive dressed in cap and gown; guests begin arriving
  2. 9:30 AM
    Processional begins (All guests should be seated.)
  3. 10:00 AM
    Ceremony begins
  4. 12:00 PM
    Ceremony ends

*Allow additional time for cap and gown return, pictures, etc.

Graduate with Honors

To graduate with honors, you must earn a specified GPA in ALL THREE of the following areas: 1) overall UF GPA, 2) business core GPA, and 3) major or area of specialization GPA (see table). In addition, students who wish to graduate magna and summa cum laude must write an honors thesis (see below for thesis guidelines). Tip: Your honors thesis can also serve as a University Scholars Program research project!

Business Majors with 2003 or Later Catalog Year

Honors Designation GPA Requirements
Cum Laude (Honors) 3.5 UF, Core, and Major GPAs
Magna Cum Laude (High Honors) 3.7 UF, Core, Major GPAs + thesis
Summa Cum Laude (Highest Honors) 3.9 UF, Core, Major GPAs + thesis

Business Majors with 2002 or Earlier Catalog Year

Honors Designation GPA Requirements
Cum Laude (Honors) 3.2 UF, Core, and Major GPAs
Magna Cum Laude (High Honors) 3.6 UF, Core, Major GPAs + thesis
Summa Cum Laude (Highest Honors) 3.8 UF, Core, Major GPAs + thesis

Magna and Summa Cum Laude Honors Thesis Guidelines

General expectations for the honors thesis, and information on how to choose a topic and find a faculty advisor, can be found on the following links:

Frequently Asked Questions

Dean's List Requirements

How do I make the Dean's List?

To make the Dean's List in the fall or spring semester, business majors must complete 12-14 hours (no S-U courses) with a 3.70+ GPA or 15 hours (no S-U courses) with a 3.5+ GPA.


What do I need to do to graduate?

In addition to fulfilling all of your degree requirements, business majors must see an academic advisor in 333 Heavener Hall for a graduation check at least one semester prior to graduation. You must also complete the online degree application on ONE.UF by the published deadline.

Where can I find information on the commencement ceremony, ordering a cap and gown, etc.?

Commencement information, including the date/time, location, ordering regalia, and seating information, can be found on UF's Commencement. This website may be helpful to family and friends who are planning to attend your graduation.

Can I participate in the spring commencement ceremony if I haven't finished all of my degree requirements?

If you will complete all of your degree requirements by the end of the following Summer A term (not Summer C), you CAN participate in the spring commencement ceremony. If you want to participate in the spring ceremony, register for your final courses for Summer A, and then see a Heavener advisor in 333 Heavener Hall for a graduation check. If your academic advisor verifies that you will meet all graduation requirements by the end of Summer A, he or she will provide you with a memo that gives you consent to participate in the ceremony. Note that your name will NOT appear in the spring commencement program; it will appear in the summer program. In addition, you will not be able to purchase honor cords until the summer ceremony in August.

When will I receive my diploma?

Diplomas are mailed to your permanent address, approximately eight weeks after commencement. To insure the receipt of your diploma, you should verify that the address on your myUFL account is correct.

What will happen if my grade change form or my study abroad transcript is not posted to my student record by the last day of exams in the term that I am graduating?

To graduate in the current term, all transcripts and grade changes must be posted to your academic record within 30 days after commencement. If your grade change or study abroad transcript was not posted by the last day of exams, but is posted within the 30 day window, you must contact Heavener and ask to be reinstated to graduate this term. If you still have an outstanding transcript or grade change after the 30 day window, you must re-apply to graduate the following term.

I thought I was going to graduate this semester, but I just realized I'm going to fail a required course. My family has already made travel plans to attend my graduation ceremony. What can I do?

If you applied to graduate on time, you will still be able to pick up your regalia, walk in the ceremony and have your name listed in the commencement program. However, you will not officially graduate or receive a diploma until the course is completed. You should plan to complete the required course the following semester.

Honors Cords

Where do I get my honors cords and how soon can I get them?

Honors cords can be purchased at the UF Bookstore when you pick up your regalia the week before commencement.

I tried to purchase my honor cord(s) from the UF Bookstore, but the bookstore staff said their records do not show an honors designation for me. How can I verify my honors designation?

Business majors should contact an advisor in 333 Heavener Hall for assistance in determining their honors designation. If a change of designation is appropriate, the advisor will notify the Office of the University Registrar in writing, and then the Registrar will update your record. At that point, you can purchase your honor cord(s) from the UF Bookstore.

If my honors status changes, what should I do?

If your honors status changes, you can purchase the appropriate honors cords at the UF Bookstore. Cords can be returned for a refund, but no later than 5:00 p.m. on the day before commencement.

Honors Requirements

What kinds of grades do I need to graduate with honors?

If your Catalog Year is 2003 or later, you must earn a 3.5 UF, core, and major or area of specialization GPA to graduate cum laude; a 3.7+ UF, core, and major or area of specialization GPA to graduate magna cum laude; and a 3.9+ UF, core, and major or area of specialization GPA to graduate summa cum laude. You must also complete an honors thesis to earn the magna or summa cum laude designation.

Do I have to write a thesis to graduate with honors?

To graduate cum laude, you do not have to write an honors thesis. To graduate magna or summa cum laude, you must complete an honors thesis.

What's involved in completing an honors thesis?

To complete an honors thesis, you must find a professor who will oversee your work, register for a one credit honors thesis course, and then complete an honors thesis/research paper by the end of the term in which you will graduate. Each business major has its own specific set of honors thesis requirements.

Why should I complete an honors thesis?

Completing an honors thesis will allow you to gain in depth knowledge of your field and develop a relationship with a professor who can write a valuable letter of recommendation for you. You will also have the words magna or summa cum laude on your diploma (and resume). Finally, if you are selected to participate in the University Scholars Program (USP) you can use the required research paper for USP to fulfill your honors thesis requirement and you will receive a $1,750 award.


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Warrington College of Business
BRY 100
PO Box 117150
Gainesville, FL 32611-7150
Phone: 352.392.2397
Fax: 352.392.2086

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