Commencement April 25 and 27, 2019

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Thursday, April 25

MECP Commissioning Ceremony
  • Time  10:00 a.m.
  • Location  Swisher Theater
Master & Doctorate Commencement Ceremony
  • 5:00 p.m. – Graduates report to the Gooding Breezeway for sign-in
  • 5:30 p.m. – Graduates line-up for instructions
  • 5:45 p.m. – Processional from Line-Up areas to Dolphin Statutes
  • 6:00 p.m. – Processional into the Commencement area

Friday, April 26

BRCHS Nursing Pinning Ceremony
  • Time  3:00-4:30 p.m.
  • Location  Terry Concert Hall

The graduates of the Keigwin School of Nursing in the Brooks Rehabilitation College of Healthcare Sciences will receive their pins in this special ceremony.

Senior Stroll & Class Photo
  • Time  4:30-5:30 p.m.
  • Location  Dolphin Plaza, behind the Howard Administration Building

All graduates with their family and friends are warmly welcome to join in a Class of 2019 photo, champagne toast, and festive march with a live band through campus to the Graduate Reception at the River House. Graduates are encouraged to invite their faculty to join!

Bachelor Graduates, Families, & Friends Graduation Reception
  • Time  Time: 5:30-7:00 p.m.
  • Location  Place: The River House

Graduates with their family and friends are invited to celebrate with their JU family with live music, light hors d’ oeuvres, and great company! Don’t forget to check in with the JU Alumni Association to pick up your FREE commemorative champagne flute!

Saturday, April 27

Bachelor's Degree Commencement Ceremony
  • 8:00 a.m. – Bachelor Graduates report to the Gooding Breezeway for sign-in
  • 8:30 a.m. – Bachelor Graduates line-up in assigned areas for instructions
  • 8:45 a.m. – Processional from Founders and Council to Dolphin Statues
  • 9:00 a.m. – Processional into the Commencement area


NROTC Commissioning Ceremony
  • Time  1:30 p.m.
  • Location  Terry Concert Hall

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Parking Information & Map

On-campus parking during the week of Commencement is free to all visitors, no parking pass needed. You won't have to stop at the main gate to park for any of the festivities surrounding Commencement.

A map of available parking and the ceremony location is available for download. The arrangements for Thursday and Saturday are a bit different, so please select the correct map for your graduation ceremony.

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Order Cap, Gown and Invitations

Order Online – By Friday, March 15  

Order your graduation regalia online. Ordering will begin January 2019.  

Ordering Deadline

The deadline to order your Cap and Gown is Friday, March 15.

After the deadline, you must contact the JU Bookstore at (904) 256 -7523 to order your cap and gown.


Costs for academic regalia for the 2019 Spring Commencement Ceremony:

$61.00 - Bachelor cap, gown, stole, and tassel
$72.25 - Master cap, gown, hood, and tassel
$150.00 - Doctorate cap, gown, tam, and tassel

The cap, stole, tassel, and Master and Doctorate hoods are yours to keep. Only the gown is returned after the Ceremony.  Doctoral graduates keep the tassell and return the cap, gown, and tam after the Ceremony.

Cap & Gown Pick-up

When: April 15  April 26

April 15  26, 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. in the JU Bookstore

April 27, 7:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. at the line-up site. 

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 Commencement Ceremony Information

Graduation List

The Graduation List is posted in WebAdvisor and outside the Registrar's Office on the 1st floor of the Howard Administration Building. The Commencement List is updated the 8th of each month. Please check the Commencement List to see if your name, graduation term, degree, major, and minor are correct. Corrections must be submitted to the Registrar's Office in writing or using your JU E-mail account.

Bachelor Graduates

Your cap and gown will be black with a green stole and a green and white tassel. The tassel is to be worn on your right-hand side. During the ceremony, you will be instructed to move the tassel to your left-hand side.

Latin Honors for Bachelor Degree Candidates

Bachelor degree candidates who will complete their degree requirements with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher and have earned a minimum of 60 graded (A-F) credits at Jacksonville University will graduate with Latin Honors:

  • Cum Laude – 3.50 to 3.69
  • Magna Cum Laude – 3.70 to 3.89
  • Summa Cum Laude – 3.90 to 4.00

To have Latin Honors recognized during the Spring Commencement ceremony, students must have graduated 2017 December or be on track to complete their Bachelor's degree requirements by the end of the 2018 Spring semester. The cumulative GPA as of April 2, 2018, will be used for the Latin Honors listed in the Commencement Program and recognized at the Commencement Ceremony.

Latin Honors posted on the diploma and JU transcript is based upon the final GPA when all grading is completed and the degree certified.

Gold Cord for Bachelor Latin Honors

Graduates with Latin Honors noted in the Commencement Program are eligible to wear a Gold Cord at Commencement. Gold Cords will be in your cap and gown packet.

Master Graduates

Your cap and gown will be black with a black tassel. Your tassel should be worn on your left-hand side, since you have a Bachelor's degree. You will have a hood with the color that represents your area of study:

  • Brown: Art
  • Olive Brown: Business
  • Brown: Choreography
  • Light Blue: Education
  • Scientific Gold: Health Informatics
  • Sage Green: Kinesiology
  • Gold: Marine Science
  • White: Mathematics
  • Peach: Nursing
  • Silver: Speech-Language Pathology
  • Peacock/Teal: Public Policy.

Doctoral Graduates

Your cap and gown will be black with a black tassel. Your tassel should be worn on your left-hand side, since you have a Bachelor's degree. Your Doctoral Tam will be the color that represents your area of study:

  • Olive Brown: Business
  • Peach: Nursing

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Gown Return

After the Commencement Ceremony, you will return your gown to collection sites near the Science Green or at the Bookstore.

  • Bachelor graduates will keep their stole, cap and tassel
  • Master graduates will keep their hood, cap and tassel
  • Doctoral graduates will keep thier tassel

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Graduation Pictures

Congratulations on your Achievement! GradImages® is the official photographer at your 2018 Spring Commencement Ceremony.

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Financial Aid Exit Interview

Exit Counseling is required before you graduate (even if you plan to attend graduate school) and helps you understand your rights and responsibilities as a student loan borrower, provides useful tips and information to help you manage your loans and clearly explains various repayment options. It can be completed online at  The financial aid staff is available to answer any questions you might have regarding your loan repayment.

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Senior Gift

Each year the Senior class makes a donation to Jacksonville University to give thanks and recognition for the tangible and intangible benefits afforded them during their tenure.

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News Release

Graduates: Get information about sending a graduation news release to your hometown newspaper. Download PDF files of the News Release and News Release Instructions.

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Special Accommodations

Several services are available to those attending the university-wide commencement ceremony who may require specific and/or special accommodations based on a disability.

Accommodations for the Hearing Impaired

Sign language interpreting services for guests with a hearing impairment will be available in a reserved seating section located directly to the left of our graduate seating.

Accommodations for Those with Limited Mobility

A reserved seating section for those requiring wheelchair seating accommodations and for those with limited mobility will be available to the right of the stage facing the Howard Administration Building.

Guests with disabilities may also take the shuttle, wheel chair accessible golf cart and/or any of the available golf carts that will be going around before and after the ceremony starts/ends.

The university is unable to provide wheelchair for guests with disabilities, due to which, the university recommends arranging wheelchair accommodations independently prior to arriving on campus.

Due to high demand and limited space, the reserved seating area is restricted to the person with the disability and one guest. Additional members of your party should sit in regular public seating areas.

Reserved Parking and Disability Services Shuttle

Reserved parking for persons with state-issued handicapped permits will be available in the Lazzara Lot V. Parking is also available in any handicapped space on campus that is not restricted due to Commencement.

A Shuttle will be transporting guests from the different parking locations around campus to the Swisher Science Green for the Commencement Ceremonies. This service will begin at 4:30pm on Thursday and at 7:30am on Saturday, and following the event until all guests have been assisted.

Special Accommodations

If you are attending the commencement ceremony on the evening of Thursday, April 25, and/or the morning of Saturday, April 27, and require special accommodations or have questions, please contact Olga Florez, Director of Disability Support Services at (904) 256-7787. Accommodation requests should be made at least five days prior to commencement activities. Every effort will be made to accommodate guests, but the University may be unable to fulfill last-minute requests.

On Thursday, April 25, and Saturday, April 27, information is available by calling the Campus Security Department at (904) 256-7585 or by calling the Florida Relay Service at 1800-955-8771 for TDD assistance.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: I have a disabled or elderly passenger who cannot walk very far. What should I do?

A: Complementary golf cart will be provided throughout both Thursday and Saturday ceremonies to assist anyone who will be in need of transportation services.

Q: Where can I find accessible restrooms?

A: All of our buildings have accessible bathrooms, located on the first floor of each building. They are also identified by signage with the handicapped symbol.

Q: I am driving to the ceremony and have a state-issued handicapped parking permit. Where can I park?

A: Reserved parking for people with state-issued handicapped permits will be available in the Lazzara Lot V. Also, there will be several golf carts going around before and after the ceremony ends that will be available to transport you to the commencement location.

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