Frequently Asked Questions

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When is the Professional Coating Ceremony?

Friday, May 10, 2024

Start Time: 2:00 p.m.

End Time: 4:30 p.m.

Doors open at 1:00 p.m. and the ceremony will begin promptly at 2:00 p.m.

What time do students have to be there?

All students must arrive one hour before the start time of the ceremony.

Where will the ceremony take place?

Curtis M. Phillip’s Center for the Performing Arts

3201 Hull Road; Gainesville, FL 32611

Phone: (352) 392-2787

(see map to right for parking)

May I request reserved seats for my family and guests?

Seating is on a first come, first served basis. Seats may not be held or reserved.

Are there handicap accessible seats available?

Yes. Seats are available for such accommodations and it is suggested that you arrive early and locate an usher so they may escort you to the appropriate seat(s).

Is there a limit on how many tickets I may request?

Yes. Each student will be given 10 tickets. If you are not using all of them you are welcome to give them to your classmates. Students who are being coated do not need a ticket.

When will I receive my tickets?

Tickets will be distributed at rehearsal on Wednesday, May 08, 2024.

What happens if my family forgets their tickets?

It is strongly recommended that you give the tickets to someone in your family you feel will keep close guard of them. The Phillip’s Center is very strict on patrons surrendering their tickets to any event held there due to fire code issues. Please stress to your family and friends that they must have their tickets upon arrival or they will not be allowed inside. Small children under the age of 2 year old are not required to have a ticket.

Is there a reception after the ceremony?

No, there is no formal reception following the ceremony but you are welcome to utilize the Phillips Center fountain and outdoor space to take photos with your loved ones

Is my coater(s) allowed to sit wherever they choose?

No. All coaters must sit in the specified area of the theater. In order to be readily available to the student(s) they will be coating that day, they must all be seated together. Upon their arrival to the theater, one or more individuals from our office will be there to escort them to their seats.

What do we wear for the ceremony?

We ask that all students and all ceremony participants wear business or business casual attire. It is requested that guests, family, and patrons of the event also wear business casual attire for this special occasion. Flip flops are discouraged.

Is it mandatory to attend rehearsal?

Yes. All students planning to participate in the ceremony must attend rehearsal. Family and guests are not permitted to attend rehearsal. During this rehearsal, you will learn where you will be seated, when and where to walk, etc. A run through of walking across stage will also be practiced.

Where do I submit my coater(s) information?

You will receive an email with a link. Make sure you access the link and complete the form.

What if my coater(s) changes?

You must notify the Office for Academic and Student Affairs as soon as possible. Coaters will be contacted via email and provided information about the ceremony. Their names will also be published in the program. All information included in the program must be submitted to the publishing company by the end of April.

If I choose not to select personal coater(s), do I still need to complete the form on the link?

Yes. All students must complete the coating information form and submit it by the deadline regardless of who is coating them.

More details and instructions will be sent to all students via e-mail as we get closer to the event. Please direct any questions to Tiffany Griffith, Ceremony Coordinator at: