Commencement for the Class of 2023

The Commencement Ceremony for Baccalaureate and Master’s Degree recipients will be held at the DCU Center Arena and Convention Center on May 21, 2023.

More information and details, for graduates and their guests, is available through the links to the left.

Friends and family who are not able to make the event in person can watch the commencement ceremony via livestream on May 21st.  The ceremony is also being recorded and will be available on the University's YouTube channel in the weeks following the ceremony.

Student smiles at Commencement ceremony

Frequently Asked Questions

Diplomas are mailed about six to eight business weeks after the semester ends.

Graduation is recorded after the semester is completed, all grades have been received, and the degree audit of each expected graduate is reviewed to confirm requirements have been satisfied. Diplomas are not distributed at commencement or any other graduation event. Participation in the commencement ceremony does not confirm graduation.

If you participate in the Commencement Ceremony, you will receive a secure link to view your photos via student FSU email within a week from Island Photography.

Regalia is available for purchase in the University Campus Store beginning on April 24th, and online with a ship-to-home option for an additional cost of shipping and handling.  Please visit the Oak Hall Cap & Gown website for more information.

The DCU Center is a large indoor arena that seats over 10,000, therefore there is no limit to the number of guests a student may bring to the ceremony!

The 2023 FSU Commencement exercises will be a mask optional event.  Anyone wishing to wear a mask during the ceremony is encouraged to do so, but they will not be required.  The University reserves the right to change this policy if public health conditions in the location merit this action at the time of the ceremony.

If you are an undergraduate student please contact the Dean of Students Office at or by phone at 508-626-4596.

If you are a graduate student please contact Kim Hardy in the Office of Graduate Studies and Continuing Education at or by phone at 508-626-4558.

  • Newsletters

    The following contains the communication sent from the Dean of Students Office to all graduating 2023 seniors:

    October 2022
    December 2022

  • Family & Friends Commencement Celebration

    More information will be shared soon!