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10501 FGCU Blvd South
McTarnaghan Hall, Room 120
Fort Myers, FL  33965-6565
Phone: (239) 590-7980
Fax: (239) 590-7983

Monday – Friday
From 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Guest Information

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Commencement Information
  • Spring 2019 commencement will tentatively be held on Saturday, May 4, 2019 (times TBD).
  • Guests will enter through the main doors at Alico Arena.
  • The ceremony is expected to last approximately 2.5 hours.
  • Due to an expected large attendance, early arrival is encouraged.
  • The doors to Alico Arena will be open 60 minutes prior to each Commencement ceremony.
  • Staff will be present to answer questions and give directions.
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Dress Code
  • Business or business casual attire is highly recommended.
  • T-shirts, shorts, halters or beach wear is not appropriate for this occasion.
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Guest Tickets and Seating Arrangement
  • A limited number of tickets will be issued to each candidate for guests to attend the ceremony. Each candidate will be able to reserve tickets to attend the Spring 2019 Commencement Ceremony.  No guest will be admitted to the commencement ceremony without presenting a ticket.
  • Children age two and under who do not occupy an actual seat will not need a ticket.
  • Ticket holding family and friends will enter through the main entrance of the arena. Signs will be posted with directions.
  • Staff will also be present to answer questions and give directions.
  • Seating for individuals with special needs will be located in a designated area. 
  • Guest seating with a ticket is on a first come first-served basis in designated areas beginning 1 hour before ceremony.
  • Individuals without tickets are encouraged to view the ceremony in the overflow room (Cohen Center Ballroom, 2nd floor). Please note that the overflow room is unavailable for summer ceremonies.


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  • Parking will be located in the Housing parking located adjacent to Alico Arena.
  • Additional overflow parking will be located at Parking Garages 1 & 3 near the Cohen Center/Student Union & McTarnaghan/Howard Halls respectively.
  • Campus Police will be on site as well as volunteers to provide information, and signs will be posted throughout campus directing traffic to the appropriate areas.
  • Those requiring special assistance should contact Adaptive Services at (239) 590-7956 for arrangements.
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  • The ceremony is meant as a dignified celebration for our candidates and our guests. With this in mind, all in attendance should be respectful and courteous of others.
  • The Arena Management requires guests to please not bring helium ballons, horns, canned string, beach balls, etc. into the arena. Such items are more suitable for family celebrations after the ceremony.
  • This is a candidate's ceremony and not a degree conferral ceremony. Participation in the ceremony does not guarantee degree certification. Students who have applied for degrees will have their application reviewed and approved by the appropriate college once the term is officially closed.
  • Only those candidates who applied to graduate in the present semester will have their names listed in the Commencement Program.
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Directions to Alico Arena

From the North (via I-75)

  1. Take I-75 south to exit 128 (Alico Road). Go east on Alico Road to Ben Hill Griffin Parkway.
  2. Turn right onto Ben Hill Griffin Parkway and travel south to FGCU North Access Road.
  3. Turn left onto FGCU North Access Road. Signs will direct you to Commencement parking.

From the South (via I-75)

  1. Take I-75 north to exit 123 (Corkscrew Road).
  2. Go east on Corkscrew Road to Ben Hill Griffin Parkway.
  3. Turn left onto Ben Hill Griffin Parkway and travel north to the FGCU North Access Road.
  4. Turn right onto FGCU North Access Road.
  5. Signs will direct you to Commencement parking.
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Hotel Accommodations and Area Information
  •  For information about area hotels, maps, and other traveling needs, visit Lee County Chamber of Commerce.
  • For the closest local hotels, please click here.  Please note that some hotels are offering special rates during Commencement weekend.
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Special Assistance
  • Need Special Assistance? Please be advised that accessible seating is limited.  Alico Arena provides accommodations for those individuals with disabilities including elevators, accessible seating, and accessible restrooms. Accessible seating is available at all FGCU venues in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. ADA seating is available on a first-come, first-serve basis and we request that out of respect for other guests, please limit to one companion seat.  Wheelchairs are limited and available for transport only. If you need the use of a wheelchair for the entire ceremony, we recommend that you bring one with you. 
  • The Commencement ceremony will be viewable via webcast at the following link: beginning one hour before commencement schedule time on the day of the event.
  • Parking map and detail information
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  • NO one is allowed onto the main floor or in the aisles and entranceways to take pictures.
  • A professional photography company has been hired to take photos of each candidate crossing the stage, and a photo after receiving the diploma cover.
  • Grad Images will send proofs to candidates directly with the opportunity to purchase photos.
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Live Commencement Coverage

Live commencement coverage will be available on the FGCU main page one hour before each commencement ceremony starting time.