Information for Guests

Commencement Ceremony Details

Doors to the Phillips Center for the Performing Arts will open at 1:00 p.m. for guests to arrive.

The student processional will begin at 1:55 p.m. followed immediately by the faculty processional, and the ceremony will start promptly at 2:00 p.m. (EST).

We ask family and friends not to disrupt the ceremony by taking pictures during the oath.

No smoking, food, or drinks are allowed in the theater.


Tickets will be issued directly to the graduates at rehearsal unless requested otherwise by the graduate in advance. At the Phillips Center, every patron over 2 years old must have a ticket for admission to the College of Veterinary Medicine Commencement Ceremony. Child-in-lap seating is approved for children 2 and under, accompanied by an adult: meaning that the 2 and under child will remain seated placed in the lap of their accompanying adult through the entire event.


More information to come in regards to the sale of flowers on site the day of the event


Physical address: 3201 Hull Rd, Gainesville, FL 32611

UF Phillip's Center Parking Map


The commencement ceremony will be recorded and live-streamed. A link will be provided here the week of the ceremony to view the livestream:

COVID-19 Guidelines

All commencement guests, faculty and students are encouraged to wear a mask in all UF facilities, with the exception of children less than 2 years old. Individuals should not attend the event if they are experiencing any of the following COVID-19 symptoms:

  • Persistent cough
  • Temperature of 100.4F or higher; No one should report to the event site within 48-hours of exhibiting a fever.
  • New loss of taste/smell
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Hotel Information

We have secured blocks of rooms at discounted rates at the following hotels:

Days Inn by Wyndham (352) 332-6466

  • Nights Available: May 23-26, 2024
  • Price: $99 and up
  • Cutoff Date: April 25th, 2024
  • Address: 920 NW 69th Terrace, Gainesville, FL 32605
  • Booking Link

Hilton UF Conference Center (352) 384-3412

  • Nights Available: May 23-25, 2024
  • Price: $159 and up
  • Cutoff Date: April 23rd, 2024
  • Address: 1714 SW 34th Street, Gainesville, FL 32607
  • Booking Link

hom hotel + suites (352) 376-0004

  • Nights Available: May 23-26, 2024
  • Price: $166.50 and up
  • Cutoff Date: May 9th, 2024
  • Address: 3905 SW 43rd St., Gainesville, FL 32608
  • Booking: Call number above and indicate you are booking in the CVM Commencement Ceremony block

General Information