USF Commencement

Saturday, May 7, 2022

Saturday, May 7, 2022
Pat Sullivan Recreation Center (USF Main Campus)

9 a.m. | Bachelor’s Degree Ceremony for the College of Arts & Sciences and College of Education

11:30 a.m. | Doctoral & Master’s Degree Ceremony for All Four Colleges

2 p.m. | Bachelor’s Degree Ceremony for the College of Business & Health Administration and Leach College of Nursing

  • See specifics in the accordion topics below.
  • Admission to each ceremony is by ticket only. Families must be seated 15 minutes prior to each ceremony.
  • Please review USF’s most current COVID-19 protocols at before coming to campus to ensure a safe campus community and commencement event. The protocols are being regularly updated. 
  • Persons with disabilities who require assistance should call the Student Life Office at 815-740-3398 at least four weeks prior to commencement.


Tuesday, April 26, 2022 | 6 p.m.
Sexton Auditorium (Moser Performing Arts Center)

Thursday, May 5, 2022 | 7 p.m.
Pat Sullivan Recreation Center

Graduates, please line up at 6:40 p.m. in the Turk Theater (Moser Performing Arts Center). Call 815-740-3216 or visit Tower Hall, Room S300, for more information.

Sunday, May 1, 2022 | 4 p.m.
St. Joseph Chapel (Motherhouse, Third Floor)

All are invited, but please reserve your seat via the commencement RSVP form.

Graduates may pick up their caps/gowns and tickets during the following days in the USF Bookstore (Tower Hall, first floor). USF’s COVID-19 protocols will be adhered to. Each graduate will receive four (4) guest tickets.

  • April 25-28 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • April 29 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • May 6 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • May 7 from 7:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Special arrangements for after hours pick-up may be made by calling the bookstore at 815-740-3394

The Grand Marshal will lead each procession, followed in order by the graduates, faculty, board of trustees and the platform party.

Official Photography: A professional photographer will take photos of graduates as they receive their diplomas. Photographs will be mailed directly to graduates approximately two weeks after commencement. For more information, contact Central Valley Studios Inc. at 847-683-7130 or

Photo Opportunities for Grads: Students and their families are welcome to take pictures anywhere on campus. Suggested locations include outside Tower Hall’s main entrance near Circle Drive, in front of the USF seal on the second floor of Tower Hall, near the Grotto or anywhere on the Quad, near the Benoit Commons next to the Sullivan Center, on the science hall’s green roof, or on either set of Motherhouse stairs (front of Welcome Center or back near the Quad). The campus is always beautiful at commencement time!

Commencement cermonies will be simulcast in the Sexton Auditorium (Moser Performing Arts Center) for those on campus without tickets to the ceremony. The ceremonies will also be steamed live for those off campus on this webpage! (

Honors designation does not apply for graduate-level students. Final honors will be indicated on the student’s diploma and final transcript. For commencement purposes, graduation honors will be based on qualification at the time of the previous completed semester at USF.

The USF Barnes & Noble Bookstore (Tower Hall, first floor) will be open from 7:30-3:30 p.m. on commencement day, offering USF apparel and other merchandise.

All campus guests are required to adhere to the university’s COVID-19 safety protocols at and will be required to present proof of COVID-19 vaccination or proof of a negative COVID-19 test dated within one week of commencement (that means after 05/01/22) on the day of the ceremony.

All students attending commencement—including online students— should have on file with the university either proof of COVID-19 vaccination or proof of a negative COVID-19 test dated within one week of commencement (that means after 05/01/22). No graduate will be admitted to the ceremony unless they are compliant.

Students, please follow the directions below to upload your COVID documents prior to the ceremony if you haven’t done it already:

1.     Take a picture of your COVID document with your cell phone
2.    Log in in your MyUSF portal
3.    In the search bar, type submit medical records
4.    Click on submit medical records
5.    Upload the picture of the COVID document

Thank you for helping us make commencement a safe and enjoyable event for not only the graduates, but all the faculty, friends and family who will be there to celebrate them!

FAQ: What is the difference between  “commencement” and “graduation?”
GRADUATION is the academic completion of coursework, earning of the diploma, and the posting of the degree to the transcript. COMMENCEMENT is the ceremony that celebrates or marks the completion of college work.