Florida State College at Jacksonville is proud of your accomplishments! We’re looking forward to celebrating with you, your family and friends. Before the big day arrives, there are a few steps you need to take to get ready.
All graduates planning on participating in the Commencement ceremony must register in advance. Graduates must register by April 12 in order for their name to appear in the Commencement program. Only those who register for Commencement by April 12 will be listed in this year’s program.
Check out the resources on this page for all the information you need for Commencement. If you can’t find what you’re looking for or have additional questions, please contact an academic advisor or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Caps & Gowns
Commencement participants are required to wear academic apparel at the ceremony. Caps and gowns will be available for purchase at campus/center bookstores beginning the second week of April.
Honors cords will be distributed when students check-in at the Arena on May 11. Honors cords will not be distributed prior to or after the Commencement ceremony. Be sure to confirm your honors status with an advisor after you register for Commencement.
Dress for participants should reflect the important nature of the Commencement ceremony. Women should wear dresses with no collar or skirts and blouses with no collar. Men should wear dark dress slacks and a white shirt and tie (the tie will show over the neck of the gown).
Shoes for both men and women should be of dress variety, not sandals, sneakers, flip flops or boots. Please note that you will be walking up and down stairs at the stage. Make sure your shoes allow you to easily navigate stairs!
Jewelry should not be worn in excess when you are dressed in academic apparel. The academic gown, mortarboard (cap) and tassel are considered sufficient adornment for this celebratory occasion.
Purses should not be brought, along with other personal items, as there is no location to secure these items during the ceremony. Participants will want to have their hands free for moving the tassel when directed, shaking hands and holding the diploma itself.
Mortarboards (caps) should sit squarely on top of the head with the point falling in the midpoint of the forehead. Do not tilt the cap at a jaunty angle. Bobby pins can be used to secure the cap.
Please note, in order for your name to appear in the Commencement program, you must register by April 12.
We’re looking forward to seeing you on May 11 as you celebrate your graduate’s accomplishments. Here are a few things you need to know in preparation for the big day:
- Ceremony participants should arrive at the Arena at 2 p.m.
- Doors open at 3 p.m. for friends and family. Guests will not be permitted to enter the Arena prior to 3 p.m. for any reason.
- Tickets are not required for admission. Guest seating is first-come, first-seated.
- Please remain for the entirety of the ceremony as a sign of respect for all graduates.
- If you are unable to attend that day, the ceremony will be broadcast via live stream at live.fscj.edu
If you are in need of lodging, there are several hotels around the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena, including:
Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
300 A. Philip Randolph Blvd.
Jacksonville, FL 32202
Parking is available in lots around the Arena. Please keep in mind there is a fee to park in these lots and fees may vary from lot to lot. View parking map
From the North:
Take I-95 South to the Union Street/Riverfront exit (353B). Continue approximately 2 miles on Union Street. Remain in one of the two left lanes. Continue straight onto the Mathews Bridge ramp. Take the Sports Complex exit before the bridge. Turn right on A. Philip Randolph Blvd. The Arena will be on your right.
From the South:
Take I-95 North to the Main Street exit. Go over the Main Street Bridge. Stay in the right lane. Take 1st ramp on right through yield sign onto Water Street. Veer left onto Newnan Street. Immediately turn right at Bay Street traffic light. Continue east on Bay Street (approximately 1 mile). Turn left on A. Phillip Randolph Blvd.
From the West:
Take I-10 East to I-95 North. Take I-95 North to the Union Street/Riverfront exit (353B). Continue approximately 2 miles to Union Street. Remain in one of the two left lanes. Continue straight onto the Mathews Bridge ramp. Take the Sports Complex exit before the bridge. Turn right on A. Philip Randolph Blvd. The Arena will be on your right.
From the East:
Take Atlantic Blvd. West to the Arlington Expressway/FL-115. Continue west on Arlington Expressway over the Mathews Bridge. Follow to the Sports Complex exit. Turn right on Albert St. Turn right on A. Philip Randolph Blvd. The Arena will be on your right.