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UF Warrington Graduates in cap and gown holding a #WarringtonGrad sign

Warrington Graduate Recognition Ceremony

Saturday, May 2, 2020
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Exactech Arena at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center

All Warrington College of Business graduates are encouraged to attend the Warrington Graduate Recognition Ceremony where they will be individually recognized and celebrated. This event is a college-specific ceremony that will celebrate individual student achievement at all levels from the Heavener School of Business, the Hough Graduate School of Business, and the Fisher School of Accounting.

Your family and friends are welcome to join us in celebrating your accomplishments. The ceremony is free and open to the public; tickets are not required.

  • Graduates will be recognized by name as they cross the stage
  • Ceremony will celebrate all Warrington College of Business graduates – bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral candidates
  • Student check-in starts at 5:30 PM at Gate 4. Students not checked-in by 6:00 PM will not walk in the processional
  • Guest check-in will start at 5:30 PM at Gate 1 & 3
  • Processional starts at 6:30 PM

Alberta and Albert Gator walking hand in hand

Be sure to share your graduation moments on social media by using the following hashtags.

#BusinessGators #UFGrad #WarringtonGrad


Graduation is a special occasion that allows us to celebrate the impressive accomplishments of all Warrington graduates. We applaud your achievements and look forward to the impact you will have as Business Gators.

Dean John Kraft

Frequently Asked Questions

Will my name be called as I walk across the stage?

Yes! All Warrington College of Business Spring 2020 graduates will be recognized by name as they cross the stage.

Is the Warrington event for all majors?

The Warrington College of Business Graduate Recognition Ceremony on May 2nd at 7:00 PM (student processional begins at 6:30 PM) is a college-specific ceremony where we will recognize and celebrate all Warrington College of Business graduates – bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral candidates. Graduates will be individually recognized as they cross the stage.

The University-wide Commencement on May 1st at 7:00 PM is a ceremony that will be open to all gradating UF students. This ceremony will feature a speaker and degrees will be conferred by college in Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Students are not recognized by name at this ceremony.

Do I need tickets to attend the ceremony?

No, tickets are not required to attend the Warrington Graduate Recognition Ceremony or the university-wide commencement.

What should I bring with me?

Don’t forget to bring your name card. You’ll receive a name card when you pick up your regalia from the UF Bookstore. You will not need a name card if you choose to attend the university-wide ceremony at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, but you will need it at the Warrington Graduate Recognition Ceremony. Please take the time to write the phonetic spelling of your name in the appropriate location on the card prior to the ceremony. For more information, please review the University’s guidelines on name cards.

How many guests can I bring?

There is no limit on the number of guests who can attend per student.

How can I watch the live streaming of the ceremonies?

Live streaming will be available for the Warrington Recognition Ceremony on May 2, 2020. A link will be provide here prior to the event.

How long is the ceremony?

The ceremony will last approximately 2 hours.

What time does the ceremony actually start?

Spring 2020 ceremony will begin at 7:00 PM, with the processional starting at 6:30 PM. All guests should be in their seats before the processional starts.

Where do I go once I get to the O’Connell Center?

All graduates must report to Gate 4 of the O’Connell Center. Doors will open 90 minutes prior to the start of the ceremony. Graduates will then be directed to their appropriate location within the arena. Graduates who arrive after the processional has begun will have to wait until the processional has ended. At that time, they will be guided to the arena floor to an available seat.

Where should my guests go once they arrive?

Guests will enter the O’Connell Center through the main entrance doors near Gate 1. Doors will open for guests 90 minutes prior to the start of the ceremony. Guests should be seated before the procession begins. Guest seating is first-come, first-seated. No guests will be permitted in the graduates’ seating area.

What is allowed inside the O’Connell Center?

All graduates and guests will go through a metal detector screening before entering the building. A full list of prohibited items can be found on the O’Connell Center Security Policies page.

If I have a disability and have concerns about participating in the ceremony, what should I do?

First, contact the UF Disability Resource Center. The Warrington commencement team will be notified and will work with you to find a solution that is right for your need.

Where can I park?

Parking will be available at the O’Connell Center. View the UF campus map.

Where can my guests stay in Gainesville?

We have plenty of resources to help you plan your trip to Gainesville and the University of Florida campus. You can find transportation information, as well as hotels and points of interest. We want you to enjoy the best of Gainesville while you are visiting our campus.

Will food be served?

Food will not be served at this event. However, refreshments will be available for purchase and the concession outlets in the O’Connell Center. Find additional Gainesville dining information.

What if I’m walking out of term?

If you plan to walk out of term, you must first contact your academic advisor and submit a college petition for prior approval. Only students with prior approval will be permitted to order regalia and participate in the ceremony. Students who are walking out of term will not be recognized in the printed program, and their degree will only be conferred upon satisfactory completion of all graduation requirements.

Congratulations, Business Gators!