Congratulations on your upcoming graduation!
Doors will open at 12:30 p.m. for family and guests. Tickets are not required.
The ceremony will take place at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena (address: 300 A. Philip Randolph Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32202). Parking for graduates and faculty will be available in Parking Lot “Z” located on Duval Street on the north side of the arena. Parking will be prepaid for graduates in Lot “Z” but you must have a parking pass for free entry. One parking pass will be given to each graduate you when you pick up your cap and gown. The pass must be presented for entry into this reserved lot. Family and friends may park at their own expense in the garage or other nearby surrounding lots. Please allow extra time to park.
Graduates and faculty will enter the arena through the Duval Street Entrance to the Arena. Family and guests must enter the Arena through the Main Entrance on A. Philip Randolph Blvd.
The ceremony will begin promptly at 1:30 p.m. and is expected to last approximately two to three hours. The doors will open at 12:15 p.m. for graduates and guests. There is no ticketing for this event. Seating is first come, first served. Please ask your guests to arrive early.
Please arrive dressed in your gown. Do not forget your cap, gown, tassel, hood, and any FCSL honor cords you may have received. Check-in is required and will take place in the lobby of the Duval Street Entrance. Check-in will begin at 12:15 p.m. We ask that you arrive at check-in no later than 12:45 p.m. Please allow extra time for traffic, construction-related delays, and parking. Any unclaimed regalia will be available for pick-up at check-in.
At check-in, you will receive a personalized card that you will carry until you are announced on stage. After you check-in, you will be directed to one of two hallways where you will be lined up in alphabetical order. Staff members will be stationed in the hallways to provide help with your regalia and final instructions before the ceremony begins.
Regalia, Honor Cords, and Hooding Process Instruction:
It is the Florida Coastal policy that students will wear a gown and soft tam (similar to a mortar board) at the commencement ceremony. Students will carry their doctoral hood on their arm as they enter the ceremony and up until the point that they are "hooded" on stage. As each student processes across the stage, the hood will be placed over his/her shoulders to signify the doctoral degree being conferred. Prior to the ceremony, it is important that the hood is prepared properly before it is draped across the arm when the procession begins. To help with this process, a short video was generated to demonstrate the correct preparation and method for carrying the hood. The video also demonstrates the hooding process when the degree is conferred. Please prepare yourself for the process by viewing the video through the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rlw-kgj_XyQ
In addition to the cap and gown, students being recognized for Latin Honors and for achievement of honors designations in Law Review, Moot Court, Mock Trial, or Pro Bono Services (125 or more hours) may wear honor cords provided by the school for such purpose during the ceremony. The Committee is aware that some SBA student organizations purchase stoles or cords for their members to wear to recognize both the organization and the students’ involvement with the organization while in law school. While you may wear such cords or stoles before and after the ceremony and for any pictures you have made or taken, the established policy at FCSL is that only students involved in those honors activities listed above may wear the cords during the commencement ceremony itself. No other stoles or cords may be worn with FCSL regalia during the actual ceremony. The Coastal policy is more liberal than many law schools such as UF, FSU, and UGA which allow no cords to be worn with their regalia during the ceremony. The Florida Costal honor cords will be distributed during check-in at Commencement for those who did not receive them at the respective Honors Receptions or pick them up from Student Affairs.
NOTE: FCSL wishes to be cross culturally sensitive in this celebration of your accomplishment. Please contact the Office of Student Affairs if any of our ceremony traditions present any compromise of your religious or cultural beliefs.
IMPORTANT DATES FOR GRADUATES
- January 28th: Onsite Ordering of Regalia Rentals and Announcements
- March 25th: Last Day to Order Regalia
- May 2nd: Pickup of Regalia Begins
- May 13th: Open House
Regalia and Announcement Information
Herff Jones representatives will be available in the Atrium on Thursday, January 28th from 1:00 until 6:00 to answer questions and/or assist with the ordering process.
Regalia and/or announcements may be ordered from the Coastal Bookstore or the Herff Jones website at www.herffjones.com/college/graduation . Please order by March 25, 2016 to avoid an additional rush penalty charge.
If you have out-of-town guests coming to Jacksonville for the ceremony, a list of hotels providing discounts or specials to FCSL are listed at http://fcsl.edu/blogs/admissions/hotel-accommodations-2/ .
GradImages is the official commencement photographer for our school. Your proofs will be ready to view online as soon as 48 hours of the ceremony. In order to notify you when your images are available, GradImages sends emails and mails paper proofs, along with optional text message notifications. Your information is never shared and privacy is guaranteed. Pre-registering is simply a way to make sure your contact information is up-to-date with GradImages, so they can provide your complimentary proofs as quickly as possible. Although there's never any obligation to order, you'll save $5 off any order of $25 or more for your participation. To pre-register for your commencement proofs, please visit FCSL Pre-registration.
We hope you and your guests will be able to attend Graduation Open House on Friday, May 13 from 3-5 p.m. This event provides the opportunity for you to welcome and tour your families and friends around the campus in a more relaxed atmosphere, and serves as your official welcome to the Alumni Association. Please register online at http://alumni.fcsl.edu/GradOpenHouse16 before Friday, May 6 and include the number of guests attending so we can provide an appropriate amount of food.
Faculty will be in their offices or in the atrium from 3-5 p.m. to greet your families and friends who have supported you throughout your law school experience. Snacks and refreshments will be provided.
There will also be photographers on hand to take portraits of you and your families. If you would like to take a photo in your regalia, please bring that to the Open House. Please 'like' the Florida Coastal School of Law Alumni Association Facebook Page to view and download photos after the event.
Graduation awards will be on display and may be picked up by the winners during the reception.