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Florida Commencement

2024 Commencement Events

Tampa, Florida

Congratulations Graduates!

Students whose application has been accepted were notified individually by email. Registration for the Tampa commencement is closed. 

Event Information

Students are invited to join us for commencement events at University Campus on Friday, May 10, 2024. More details of these events will be shared in future communications. 

We will hold two commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 11, 2024, at the Florida State Fairgrounds Expo Hall in Tampa. The Florida State Fairgrounds is located at 4800 US Highway 301 North, Tampa FL 33610. Venue information is accessible at http://www.floridastatefair.com/.

Morning Commencement Ceremony

Saturday, May 11 at 9:00 a.m.

Saint Leo University students earning degrees through the identified colleges/locations will participate:

College / Location Degree Programs
University Campus and 
Worldwide Education Center 
Undergraduate Students
 
Undergraduate Degrees: All associate and bachelor degrees

Doctorate Degrees: Business Administration

Masters Degrees: Accounting, Computer Science, Creative Writing, Cybersecurity, Social Work

Afternoon Commencement Ceremony

Saturday, May 11 at 2:30 p.m.

Saint Leo University students earning degrees through the identified colleges/locations will participate:

College / Location Degree Programs
Worldwide Online 
Undergraduate Students
Undergraduate Degrees: All associate and bachelor degrees

Doctorate Degrees: Criminal Justice, Education

Education Specialist Degree

Masters Degrees: Business Administration, Education, Criminal Justice, 
Emergency and Disaster Management, Human Services, Instructional Design, Psychology, Theology

A detailed schedule of when and where to report for the ceremony, as well as the Friday events, will be sent closer to the ceremony date. Graduates and guests may arrive one hour prior to the start of each commencement ceremony and should be seated within 15 minutes of the ceremony start time. 

Please make post commencement plans in accordance with the published ceremony schedule. Each ceremony will be approximately 2-3 hours. Graduates and guests should remain seated through the conclusion of the ceremony and recessional. We want to give all graduating students and their families the respect and honor deserved. 

Doctorate Programs Only: Doctoral students must have all program requirements satisfied, including successful dissertation defense by April 5, 2024 to participate in the commencement and/or hooding ceremonies. Contact your Program Director regarding your progress and eligibility. 

Ceremony Details

Guest tickets are NOT required at this time. Seating will not be assigned. Seating is first-come, first-serve basis. 

Baby carriers and strollers are permitted in the Expo Hall. Please note that this is bleacher-style seating so the stroller will be left unattended. Do not leave valuables with the stroller unattended. 

If you or your guests require disability-related accommodations to participate in the commencement ceremony, please contact the Office of Accessibility Services at 352-588-8464 or adaoffice@saintleo.edu no later than April 26th. 

Parking is complimentary for the graduate. 

Regalia is required to participate in the Commencement Ceremony.

Order academic regalia online directly from Herff Jones at www.herffjones.com/college/slu. The deadline to order online is Friday, March 29th. Late orders will have Rush Shipping fees applied and cannot be guaranteed. Announcements and other items are available for sale on the Herff Jones website. Contact the Campus Store at (352) 588-8344 with any questions.

Each confirmed graduate participating in the Tampa commencement ceremony will be emailed a request to confirm their degree program information and name. We are asking students to record their name to help us pronounce it correctly at the ceremony. The deadline to complete this registration and confirmation is Sunday, April 14th.

You must be financially clear to participate in the Commencement event. To discuss your financial account balance or to make payment arrangements, contact Student Financial Services at 1-800-240-7658. 

Bachelor degree Latin Honors designations in the commencement program are based on the cumulative grade point average earned at the end of the prior term/semester. Final Latin Honors calculations are based on all graded Saint Leo University courses taken at the undergraduate level. Honors are not awarded for the associate of arts, graduate, or doctoral degrees.

Be sure to bring your regalia! Academic regalia is required to participate in the Baccalaureate Mass, the Doctoral Hooding Ceremony and the Commencement Ceremony. The Commencement line-up will require graduates to be on their feet for an extended period, so comfortable shoes are recommended with the academic regalia. 

Graduates are permitted to carry a small purse and/or cell phone. Any belongings will need to be kept with the graduate throughout the ceremony. There is not a place to leave, store or secure personal belongings. 

Do not bring large bags, laptops, selfie sticks, balloons, air horns or noisemakers. There is not a place to leave, store or secure personal belongings. 

Leis, bouquets and Saint Leo Kukui Nut necklaces will be available for sale at the commencement ceremonies. Students/guests are encouraged to pre-order and pick up before each ceremony, that way graduates can wear the leis/kukui necklaces in pictures. Graduation Day Flowers Pre-order website:  https://www.thecommencementgroup.com/saintleo/

The Expo Hall is indoors so the ceremony will not be impacted by the weather. Always account for traffic. 

For additional information about local hotels near Saint Leo Campus visit our website: https://www.saintleo.edu/student-experience/visit/directions-accommodations

Alternatively, to find lodging accommodations closer to the Florida State Fair Grounds, visit https://floridastatefair.com/lodging/

Friends and family who are not able to attend the ceremony in person may watch via live streaming video. A link will be posted on the day of the ceremony at www.saintleo.edu to access the live stream.

Finally, if your plans have changed and you no longer intend to attend commencement, please notify the Registrar’s Office at commencement@saintleo.edu