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Commencement Information

Congratulations, we are so excited to celebrate your successes and accomplishments on December 12th during our 2020 Commencement. 

Below you will find information specific to the Summer and Fall 2020 graduating classes and your commencement experience. 

Commencement Information

Date: Saturday, December 12, 2020 

Time: 1:00 p.m. 

Location: St. Augustine Amphitheater 

Tickets

Graduates will receive two tickets for admission. These tickets are for two seats together with the graduate, and may not be split. This will allow for six feet of distance between all family parties. Tickets will be distributed via email on December 4 to graduates.

The gate will open at 12 pm, one hour prior to the ceremony.

All extra tickets were distributed via a ticket lottery. If you have any seating concerns, accessibility needs, or mobility needs, please contact MThomas@Flagler.edu.

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Streaming and Photos

Understanding that many family and friends will not be able to participate in person, we will be streaming commencement online.

Additionally, we will be displaying the name and photo of every graduate on a digital screen on-stage (regardless if they are participating in-person or remotely) when your name is called. Please use this link to submit your photo by November 20th. Even if you are not participating in person, we encourage you to submit your photo as your name will be read.

Grad Images will be onsite at graduation to take portraits. A link to purchase these photos will be emailed to your Flagler.edu email address after graduation.

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Caps and Gowns

Caps and gowns have been ordered on your behalf and will be available for pick up the week prior to Thanksgiving at the Flagler College Bookstore. We will notify you via email when these are available. If you are a Summer graduate, and already have your cap and gown, please use those for the ceremony.

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Parking

Parking is available starting at 11 am, one hour before the gates open at 12 pm. The lots are the Amphitheater lot and the Elks Lodge lot, just south of the Amphitheater. Carpooling is strongly encouraged as parking is limited. Please email MThomas@Flagler.edu if you require handicapped parking. Traffic entering and leaving may be congested. Please allow for extra arrival and departure time.

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Student Graduation Speaker

We are seeking submissions for the student speaker at graduation-- could it be you? It is customary that a graduating senior is selected to give a brief (3-4 minute) address at the end of commencement. If you would like to be considered for this role, please use this link to submit your nomination. You will need to provide an on-campus reference, a list of activities you participated in while at Flagler, as well as a draft of your remarks (500-1,000 words). The most important selection criterion is the draft of your remarks. Helpful hint: Remarks should be inclusive and representative of the class. Avoid writing a speech that is exclusive to your own personal story, as you will be speaking on behalf of the entire class. The deadline to submit is Friday, November 13th.

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Graduation List

Are you on the list? 

Most importantly—double-check your name is on the list of participants! If it doesn’t appear, please contact rnielson@flagler.edu immediately.

Summer and Fall 2020 Commencement Participation List

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Covid-19 Safety Precautions

We look forward to providing a healthy and safe graduation ceremony to our graduates, guests, faculty, and staff in attendance. In order to do this, the following precautions will be implemented and all guests will be required to adhere to these guidelines:

  • All seating will be assigned, and in “family units” with the graduate sitting with their 2 guests. These will be physically distanced from other family seating units. Please do not switch tickets with other guests.
  • All guests will have their temperature taken and answer health screen questions prior to being allowed to enter the Amphitheater.
  • All guests are required to wear masks that cover their nose and mouth at all times. (This includes when seated.)

If your guest(s) are uncomfortable attending graduation in person, it will be also streamed online. For the safety of your family and our community, we recommend avoiding holding large indoor parties and celebrations in honor of this achievement. Please celebrate safely.

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Ceremony

Some notes on the ceremony. There will not be a processional or recessional of graduates, as we will not be able to maintain social distancing. All graduates and their families are asked to arrive prior to 1 pm, find their seats, and sit down. The ceremony will start promptly at 1 pm. Graduates will be gathered by ushers and lined up to walk across the stage and receive their diploma from President Joyner. We ask that all graduates continue to wear your mask while walking across the stage. Once you receive your diploma, GradImages will take your portrait backstage. You will be allowed to remove your mask for this photo.

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Honors

Anyone achieving a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher and having completed all their requirements for graduation will be recognized with a red and yellow cord. These cords will be distributed the morning of commencement in your assigned seat.

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