The University Graduate School coordinates commencement for Ph.D. and Ed.D. candidates only. Commencement for Master’s students is handled by the Graduation Office.

Important Dates for
Spring 2022 Commencement

The Spring 2022 Commencement ceremony for graduate students will be held at the FIU Stadium on Saturday, April 30 at 7:30pm. Only doctoral candidates who submit their Final ETD form and dissertation for a Spring 2022 graduation are eligible to participate. Detailed information regarding Spring 2022 Commencement was emailed to eligible doctoral candidates on Monday, March 14. A summary of the important Commencement deadlines listed in your information indicated below:

Please see below important  Spring 2022 Commencement deadlines:

  1. Tuesday, March 15: To register your participation in the ceremony, a registration link is automatically emailed to your FIU email account. Please monitor your student FIU email account, to ensure receipt of registration link.
  2. Wednesday, March 16 at 10 am – Wednesday, March 30 at 6pm: Guest e-tickets are available online (see 1, you must first register to purchase your guest e-tickets).
  3. Friday, April 22: Last day to submit your Final ETD form to the University Graduate School. The Final ETD form and pertinent documents to be submitted  from your College dean’s office.
  4. Monday, April 25 – Friday, April 29: Commencement doctoral pass pick-up at the University Graduate School, MARC 430 (your pass is only available from our office). If someone else is picking up your pass, please send an email authorization along with a copy of your picture ID to The authorized person must show their picture ID to our front desk staff upon pick-up.

Please be advised that Grad Walk, the only event where you will have a photo opportunity with the President, and only your major professor(s) will be allowed to attend as your guest, will take place in the Graham Center (GC 243), Wednesday, March 23 (10 am-2 pm), and Thursday, March 24, (2 pm-6 pm).

Furthermore, the Commencement Fair (to obtain miscellaneous grad gear, etc.) is taking place as follows below. Regarding your own doctoral pass, be advised that you do not need to wait in line, as your doctoral pass is only available at the indicated time, from our office.

  • MMC Bookstore: Tuesday-Thursday, March 22nd-24th from 10AM-7PM
  • I-75 Campus: Saturday, March 26th from 9:30AM-1PM
  • BBC Bookstore: Tuesday-Wednesday, March 29th-30th from 12PM-6PM

Any questions, please do reach out to UGS Assistant Director Ashley Mendez at Thank you.

graduates after commencement

Doctoral Commencement Information

Please note that commencement correspondence is emailed by UGS to doctoral candidates who submit the Preliminary Approval of Dissertation and Request for Oral Defense form (D5) by the deadline. The Spring 2022 deadline is Friday, March 11, 2022. Students must check with their academic units and colleges for internal deadlines to ensure that the Request for Oral Defense (D5) is submitted to UGS in a timely manner.

Once the Request for Oral Defense (D5) is received, doctoral candidates will receive an email outlining specific steps to follow that will complete the processing of it. For further information about this process, please click here.  Spring 2022 commencement information will be emailed to doctoral candidates who submit their Request for Oral Defense (D5) to UGS by Friday, March 11, 2022.

It is critical to follow all important dates and deadlines to ensure that your doctoral commencement participation is completed accordingly.

Doctoral candidates who are unable to attend commencement and wish to participate at a ceremony during a later term may reach out to UGS to make arrangements. Please do so by the first week of classes in the term in which you wish to participate.

Only those doctoral candidates who submit the Final ETD Approval form and the final version of the ETD manuscript by the due date will be allowed to participate in commencement ceremonies.

Things to Remember

The name on your defense announcement and Request for Oral Defense (D5) must match the University’s official records.

The title of your dissertation must be consistent on your Request for Oral Defense (D5) and the defense announcement.

The Major professor or Co-Major professors listed on the Request for Oral Defense (D5) and defense announcement must match what is listed on your Dissertation Committee (D1) or  Revised Dissertation Committee (D1R) forms.


Pricing for regalia can be found on the FIU Commencement website in the Doctoral Graduation Gear section. Pricing begins at $99.99, and you must purchase your regalia from the FIU Barnes & Noble bookstore. You may contact the store at 305-348-2691.

Customized doctoral regalia is also available. Pricing begins at $900. If you would like to order customized regalia, you should place your order with the FIU bookstore as soon as possible to avoid expediting fees.

Pass and Tickets

For doctoral candidates, we will email you with specific instructions on how and when to pick you  Commencement Pass (your ticket) and instruction package on campus. As your Commencement Pass is available earlier in the term, you will be eligible to pick up it only if you are submitting your Final ETD Approval form and upload the final version of your dissertation by the deadlines.