Ph.D. and Masters Degrees

3 p.m. on Thursday, December 15, 2022
Ocean Center Arena
101 N. Atlantic Ave 
Daytona Beach, FL 32118

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Dawna Rhodes

Commencement Speaker

Dawna L. Rhoades, Ph.D. is a Professor of Management in the Department of Management, Marketing, and Operations in the David B. O’Maley College of Business. 

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Cap, Gown and Memorabilia Information

Academic regalia, or the dress uniform of one of the U.S. Armed Forces, is required.

Ph.D. Candidates: Please contact April Atkinson for information on how to secure regalia for the ceremony.

Master’s Candidates: Cap and Gowns orders can be placed online through Herff Jones online here. Deadline to order regalia online is October 28, 2022. After that date, orders can be made in person at the University Bookstore and will be charged a $10 late fee. In store purchases made after 11/23 are not guaranteed and would be charged the $10 late fee PLUS an additional expedited shipping fee. Caps & gowns will be distributed at the Lift Off event hosted by Alumni Engagement.  

Ceremony Information

Ph.D. Candidates are to arrive to the Ocean Center at 1:45 p.m. Ph.D. candidates and their dissertation chairs will gather with our platform party in 103ABC. Additional details will be sent via email as the event approaches. Due to the limited amount of space, family members and friends will not be permitted access to the meeting room. At 2:45 p.m. you will line up to begin the processional.

Master’s Candidates are to arrive dressed in regalia no later than 1:45 p.m. You will check in with your college to receive your announcer card. Lineup will begin promptly at 2:30 p.m.

  • 1:45 p.m.: Arrive and check in with college
  • 1:55 p.m.: Receive walking number and survey
  • 2 p.m.: Fill out and turn in career survey
  • 2:05 p.m.: Receive announcement card from line marshal
  • 2:15 p.m.: Receive honors medallions as appropriate
  • 2:30 p.m.: Line up begins
  • 2:45 p.m.: Walk to Arena
  • 3 p.m.: Commencement ceremony begins

Ceremony will begin promptly at 3 p.m. with our processional. Anticipated length of ceremony is 1.5 hours. We ask that you kindly stay in your seat for the duration of the ceremony; be courteous to the graduates and their families and remain seated until the conclusion of the ceremony.

Note: Graduates should not bring any personal belongings that they cannot keep on their person during the Commencement ceremonies. No secure storage areas are available, and University staff will not take possession of, or responsibility for, personal belongings during the ceremonies.

Guest Information

Family, friends, and guests will enter through the West Concourse (Earl Street, directly across from Daytona Lagoon and the parking garage). Doors will open at 2 p.m. No tickets are required for entry, and seating will be on a first come, first served basis. Saving seats, however, will not be permitted. The Ocean Center has accommodations for those guest needing Disability and Limited Mobility Accommodations.

To accommodate families and friends of our graduates who are not able to attend the commencement ceremony, the event will be webcast live here. A “watch now” link will posted on the home page the morning of the ceremony.

The possession or use of alcohol, noisemaking devices (air horns), firecrackers, balloons, flags, banners, or illegal substances is strictly prohibited. Cell phones and pagers must be turned to silent.


Parking is available the day of the ceremony for $10 (CASH ONLY) in the designated Ocean Center Parking Lots. Parking outside of these designated lots may result in higher parking rates and are managed by third party businesses.

Note: Parking in Ocean Center parking lots is limited and has run out in the past that parking is first come, first served. Carpooling and early arrival is strongly recommended. Graduates - consider parking time and walk time to the Ocean Center to ensure you are arriving by your designated arrival time. Students are placed in a specific order for line up so prompt arrival is imperative. 

Faculty Participation

Arrive at the Ocean Center by 1:45 p.m. Park in the Ocean Center’s parking garage or in the south lot off of Auditorium Boulevard. Faculty will gather in Room 102 ABC; signs will be posted. Light refreshments, tables, chairs, and coat racks will be available in the room. Line up will be at 2:45 p.m., allowing faculty to give a final congratulations to the graduating class. The ceremony will begin promptly at 3 p.m. with the students taking their seats.

Regalia is required for all faculty members participating in the Commencement Ceremonies. To rent or order any products, please contact the University Bookstore. Deadline to order is October 31.

Contact Us

Academic Records and Graduation Status
Office of the Registrar

Ceremony Logistics

April Atkinson
Manager of Daytona Beach Campus Events

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