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The Graduation Office is located in the Office of the University Registrar, A3900 University Center.

It is responsible for processing graduation checks and graduation clearances for liberal studies, university wide and grade point average requirements for all undergraduate and graduate students. We also monitor the compliance of the foreign language admission requirement and the Graduating Senior Survey Requirement.

The Graduation Ceremony will be held in the Donald L. Tucker Civic Center located at 505 West Pensacola Street.

For further information please call the Office of the Registrar at 850-644-5850 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Panama City (FL) students may find information about the annual Panama City graduation ceremony at: http://www.pc.fsu.edu/Students

Term Application Period Commencement Date Time
Summer 2016 May 9, 2016 - May 27, 2016 August 6, 2016 9:00 a.m.
Fall 2016 August 29, 2016 - September 16, 2016 December 16, 2016 7:30 p.m.
    December 17, 2016 9:00 a.m.

Cap and Gown order dates

Summer 2016

  1. The FSU Bookstore will host a Grad Fair on June 1st and 2nd from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm. A Herff Jones representative will be on-site to assist you with your orders for gowns, rings, and announcements. You may place your order in person at the bookstore on these days.
  2. If you do not attend the Grad Fair at the FSU bookstore, you may place your order online from June 1st through June 17th. The online order form is available at http://www.herffjones.com/college/fsu.
  3. Late orders must be submitted in person at the FSU bookstore after June 19th. There will be an additional late fee imposed on all late orders. Contact the FSU bookstore with questions regarding the cap and gown at (850) 644-2072.
  4. If you are interested in purchasing regalia you should contact the FSU Bookstore at (850) 644-0832. Custom orders can take up to 8 weeks to process so your order needs to be submitted as soon as possible.

Cap and Gown pick up dates

Summer 2016

July 25th-July 29th 2016

FSU Bookstore, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm.

Commencement Ceremony Dates

Summer 2016 - August 6, 2016

Fall 2016 - December 16 and 17, 2016

Commencement Ceremony Breakdowns by Colleges

Fall 2016 Ceremony Schedule

Friday, December 16, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, December 17, 2016 at 9:00 a.m.
Arts and Sciences Applied Studies
Communication and Information Business
Criminology and Criminal Justice Education
Law Engineering
Medicine Graduate School
(Materials Science graduates only)
Motion Picture Arts Human Sciences
Social Sciences Music
Fine Arts Nursing
  Social Work

Please contact the College of Medicine for information about their ceremony.

Note: For Summer there is one ceremony for all graduates.


Graduation Ceremony Webcasts

FSU Commencement Ceremony webcasts are available at http://learningforlife.fsu.edu/graduation/.

Diploma Reorders

Diplomas are ordered every Friday.

You should receive it within two weeks of the order date.

To order a new or replacement diploma (size 11x14), you will need to send a written request (download the Diploma Request form as a pdf file here) with your signature and the following information:

  1. Your name the way you would like it printed on the diploma (If your name has changed and you would like the new name printed on the diploma, we will need proof of the name change in the form of a copy of your driver's license, marriage license, etc.)
  2. The last four digits of your social security number
  3. The semester and year of graduation and major/degree
  4. Your mailing address
  5. A $10.00 (per diploma) check or money order payable to Florida State University

To have your diploma certified with an Apostille:

  1. Send your original diploma or send a written reorder request (see above) with a $10.00 (per diploma) check or money order payable to Florida State University.
  2. Enclose a cover letter stating the name of the country in which the documents will be used, along with a $10.00 (per diploma) check or money order payable to the Department of State. The country name is needed in order to authenticate the document, whether by Certificate of Notarial Authority or Apostille. Please include a telephone number where you can be reached during normal business hours.
  3. FSU will notarize your diploma free of charge, and forward your notarized diploma and Apostille request to the Department of State. Include a self-addressed, stamped envelope for the Department of State to mail the diploma and Apostille certification back to you.

Make sure you sign the request and mail it to the following address:

Office of Student Business Services

Florida State University

A1500 University Center

282 Champions Way

PO Box 3062394

Tallahassee, FL 32306-2394