UF summer commencement ceremonies scheduled for Aug. 6-7

Nearly 3,000 people will receive degrees in the University of Florida’s summer commencement ceremonies, scheduled for Friday and Saturday, August 6 and 7, in the Exactech Arena at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center.

The weekend kicks off with the doctoral commencement ceremony early Friday afternoon and recipients of bachelor's degrees will walk on Saturday morning.

The speaker for this commencement will be Jamie Ellis, the Gahan Endowed Professor of Entomology in the department of entomology and nematology at UF.He leads the Honey Bee Research and Extension Laboratory for IFAS.

Graduates and their guests are encouraged to wear a mask while inside the O'Connell Center and leave the arena as soon as the graduate is recognized on stage in order to minimize crowds at the end of the ceremony. Graduates may remove their masks when they are recognized on stage.

Students from 64 countries and 49 states will receive their degrees this weekend. The youngest graduate is a 19-year-old economics major, and the oldest graduate is a 66-year-old digital arts and sciences major. This weekend, 159 first-generation Gators will receive their degrees.

Family members, friends and loved ones may also watch all the ceremonies remotely. For more information on the ceremonies, and to access the livestream links, please visit https://commencement.ufl.edu/.

Emily Cardinali August 6, 2021