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Today is YOUR day

University of Phoenix Commencement

Orlando, FL | Summer 2022

Congrats! It’s time to celebrate your achievement surrounded by people who are so proud of everything you’ve accomplished. Welcome to a community of over 1 million alumni.  

When

Saturday, June 4, 2022

Where

Addition Financial Arena
12777 Gemini Blvd. N., Orlando, FL 32816

Ceremony time

Ceremony times based on your registration.

Morning ceremony: 10 am EDT
Doors will open at 8:30 am EDT
Graduates should arrive no later than 9 am EDT

Afternoon ceremony: 3:30 pm EDT
Doors will open at 2 pm EDT
Graduates should arrive no later than 2:30 pm EDT

Can’t make it? Stream it live.

·        The Orlando ceremonies on June 4 will be live streamed.

DAY OF COMMENCEMENT

Getting to the ceremony

Transportation

Check with Orlando Department of Transportation for any road closures the weekend of commencement. 

Get directions to the venue and transportation information.


Parking

Parking is available in Garage F (free to graduates, first come, first serve). For Garage D, Garage H and Garage C the parking fee is $10 (CASH ONLY). There will be signage for a designated drop off point in front of the arena.
 

Entrance

Associate, bachelor's and master's graduates will enter at The Venue, which is located on the north side of the Addition Financial Arena. You'll see a black awning with The Venue name above the entrance. The Venue is in the back of the arena's Main Entrance across from the soccer stadium.

Doctoral graduates will enter at the Cypress Door, which is located on the north east side of the arena.

Guests will enter at the Main Entrance of the arena, which is located on the south side of the building.  

Everyone will go through metal detectors before entering the buildings. Re-entry is highly discouraged and will require a stamp upon exiting and passing through the metal detectors again upon return.
 

Graduates – GradPass (Name Card/Ticket)

The GradPass is your ticket into the venue and includes your name and degree. This will be used to announce your name and displayed when you cross the stage.

You should have received a separate email with instructions on how to access your GradPass and reserve your guest tickets.

Once you complete the steps to reserve tickets, you can send them to your guests electronically. Have them digitally available to show and/or print them out. We recommend printing them out as it will go faster for entry. 

Note: When you selected number of guests during the registration steps, this was not your tickets for entry.


ADA accommodations

If any of your guests will require ADA accommodations at the commencement ceremony, there will be staff at the venue who can assist with seating accommodations. Please be sure to provide your own wheelchair, whether it is for a guest or graduate. 

Strollers

The arena will have a designated spot to store strollers.

Due to Fire Marshal regulations, strollers are not permitted in the seating area. Please be advised that University of Phoenix is not responsible for any damage or loss to personal property.

Recessional/exiting

We ask all graduates to stay until the end of the ceremony out of respect to the remaining graduates. The conclusion of the ceremony is when you are officially done and can celebrate by moving your tassel over as recognition of being a graduate. Guests will be released in an orderly fashion to ensure a safe exit for everyone. Afterward, you will exit the ceremony and go outside where you can meet your friends and family.

Bag size limitations

Safety at the ceremony is our top priority. There are bag size limitations at this venue. This event will not enforce the clear bag policy. All bags are subject to search.

Graduate information    

Preparing for the ceremony

There is no storage at the commencement venue for personal belongings. Please make arrangements for a guest to hold any personal items or carry them with you at all times. Please be advised that University of Phoenix is not responsible for any damage or loss to personal property.

Bring your cap and gown. Additionally, undergraduate students must bring their stoles and graduate students must bring their hoods. Use a cool iron, if necessary, to ensure a wrinkle-free appearance.

Please contact National Recognition Products (NRP) customer support at 800-293-0665 and phoenix@taylorcorp.com. Limited amount of regalia will be available on the day of the ceremony for purchase (cash or credit). 

Military graduates: Remember to bring your cord to the ceremony. The military cord was available to order on the regalia web site. If this was not ordered, they will be available the day of the ceremony.

Upon entry, graduates will see a “grad central” area. We will have the following tables available:

  • NRP to purchase regalia (limited supply available)
  • GradPass Assistance if you forgot to bring GradPass or need any name updates
  • Grad Supplies with bobby pins and safety pins
  • Military and Honors Cords to pick up military and/or honors cords

The University identifies graduates registered for the commencement who are eligible for the honor cord. If you are eligible to receive an honor cord, one will be provided to you at no cost on the day of commencement.

Current University of Phoenix Honors Policy:

Graduates eligible to participate in a ceremony and meet the honors criteria can receive a cord.

  • Associate and bachelor's degree students with a program completion date of 01/01/2022 or later:
    • "Cum Laude" - Bronze Cord
      Program GPA of 3.70-3.84
    • "Magna Cum Laude" - Silver Cord
      Program GPA of 3.85-3.94
    • "Summa Cum Laude" - Gold Cord
      Program GPA of 3.95-4.0
  • Master's degree students with program completion date of 01/01/2022 or later:
    • "With Distinction" - Red & Platinum Cord
      Program GPA of 3.90 or higher

Prior University of Phoenix Honors Policy:

  • Bachelor's degree students with program completion date of 12/31/2021 or before:
    • "With Honors" - Platinum Cord
      Program GPA of 3.85 or higher

The University has coordinated with GradImages Photography to photograph graduates at the ceremony. There will be two photo opportunities during the ceremony: one when going up to the stage and another when crossing the stage.

GradImages Photography
service@gradimages.com
800-261-2576

You will get a printed program the day of the ceremony. The digital program version will be viewable 3 days prior to the ceremony date and up to 30 days following the conclusion of the ceremony. 

Visit the official University of Phoenix Commencement Program site.  Select “Orlando” from the “What is your Ceremony Location?” drop-down menu.

Share your journey!

We would love for you to share any ceremony photos and stories about your educational journey on Facebook.

Questions?

If you have any questions, please email us at uopxcommencement@phoenix.edu.