Summer 2024 Commencement Program Notice: No Physical Programs Will Be Printed. All Commencement Programs Will Be Digital.   Graduate Arrival & Meet Up Notice: Due To Gaither Gym Being Offline, Graduates Will Line Up (90 Minutes Before) On The 4th Floor Of Lawson.

Get Ready!

Commencement Rehearsal - Thursday, August 1 at 4 p.m.
Alfred Lawson Jr. Multipurpose Center. 


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Important Things To Know 

Be ready for your special day by being sure to grab your cap and gown and participate in Commencement Rehearsal.

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Announcements, Cap & Gowns, and Frames

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Gifts for Grads

Cap and Gowns, Gifts, University Apparel and More

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Cards, Cords & Pins

Commencement Card-Cord Pick Up & Pinning Ceremonies Schedule 

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Strictly Enforced

Strollers, signs, banners, balloons, and air horns are not permitted in the arena.

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FAMU wants to ensure all attendees are safe during commencement. We monitor the weather to keep attendees informed of any changes or delays to the event schedule.

Access the Program

Find your graduate in the Commencement Program here

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Reminders For Grads


Commencement Countdown

  • Summer 2024 Commencement
    Friday, August 2 | 6 p.m.
  • Fall 2024 Commencement 
    Friday, December 13 | 6 p.m.
    Saturday, December 14 | 9 a.m.
  • Spring 2025 Commencement
    Friday, May 3 | 6 p.m.
    Saturday, May 4 | 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Shuttle Services and Parking 

Navigating FAMU

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Venom Express 


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Where to Park for Commencement and ADA Parking Information

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Driving Directions 

Driving Directions to Campus

University Bookstore


    Curbside Pickup Available

    Friday, August 2
    9:00 a.m. — 5:30 p.m.

    Saturday, August 3
    10:00 a.m. — 1:00 p.m.

  • Student Services Center, 601 Robert and Trudie Perkins Way, Tallahassee, FL 32307


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Commencement Chairs

Bomani H. Spell
Valencia E. Matthews, Ph.D.
Sabrina  P. Thompson



Other Resources

Helpful links and information for graduates, including career services, alumni networks, and additional support for transitioning into post-graduation life.


Academic Advisors

Apply for Graduation

Check iRattler


National Alumni

Career & Professional
Development Center

Office of
The Registrar 



Frequently Asked Questions

Expand the questions below for answers to commonly asked questions regarding FAMU's Commencement ceremony.

Tickets are not required to attend Commencement.

You may watch the Commencement ceremony on

FAMU's Facebook page: FAMU1887, FAMU's YouTube channel: FAMUTube1887, or on FAMU TV20.

One (1) program will be provided for each graduate.

All guests will be able to access the digital program by scanning the QR code posted throughout the arena. 

Access to the Commencement program will be available on Thursday, August 1, 2024 - Click HERE

The following items are PROHIBITED:





Air Horns (or noise makers of any kind)

are NOT PERMITTED in the arena at any time during the event. These items obstruct views and traffic flow of all attendees.

Yes, the University's clear bag policy will be enacted and enforced during the ceremonies. Please be sure to review the Clear Bag and Prohibited Item Policy.

Yes, the Exit Survey must be completed before prospective graduates receive their name cards and cords. Access the Exit Survey.

Commencement rehearsal will be held on Thursday, August 1, 2024 at 4 p.m. in the Al Lawson, Jr. Multipurpose Center.
Please arrive 90 Minutes prior to the start of your designated commencement ceremony for staging. 

You may purchase regalia online and from the University bookstore before the deadline:

Standard Shipping - March 22, 2024 - Midnight

Rush Orders March 25-29, 2024.

For more information see the Cap and Gown Order Graphic. 

Students are required to participate in the ceremony for which they have applied for graduation. For example, if a student applies for graduation during the Spring term, they will only be able to participate in the Spring Commencement ceremony. There are no exceptions to this policy.

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See past commencement programs and photos and our Rattler Graduates.

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