Spring graduates granted options to attend virtual commencement, August ceremonies

Spring graduates can view the virtual commencement the second weekend of May and attend the expanded summer ceremonies Aug. 6-9. SPECIAL TO THE ORACLE

Although spring graduates will not be able to walk down the Yuengling Center aisle to the song “Pomp and Circumstance” in head-to-toe regalia next month, USF is providing those students with an alternative. 

Instead, students can hop online to attend a virtual commencement hosted from their designated campus the second weekend in May.

USF has also made the decision to expand its summer commencements to spring graduates which are tentatively planned for Aug. 6-9.  The ceremony times will be announced at a later date based on the number of people who fill out the survey

This announcement comes after the Florida Board of Governors canceled all university commencement ceremonies March 17 due to the unprecedented situation surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak. 

Sticking to the routine of graduations held prior, the virtual commencement will include remarks from USF President Steven Currall and the student body president from each campus — Britney Deas from Tampa, Jazzy Duarte from St. Pete and Isabelle Starner from Sarasota-Manatee. 

The email Currall sent to the university this afternoon also said the names of the graduates will be displayed on the screen. 

If students want a keepsake from the ceremony, they have the option to request a hard copy of the spring commencement program.

“As always, the health and well-being of our students, faculty and staff remain our top priority. We will continue to update our spring graduates as plans progress,” Currall said in the email.

“Our Commencement plans are contingent upon guidance we receive from federal, state and local government and public health officials.”