Commencement for the Class of 2023

The Commencement Ceremony for the Baccalaureate Degree (undergraduate) recipients will be held at the DCU Center Arena and Convention Center.

  • May 21, 2023 at 10:00am (students need to check in by 8:15am)

    Two Commencement Ceremonies for the Master's Degree (graduate) recipients will be held on campus in the Dwight Performing Arts Center.
  • May 19, 2023 at 6:30pm (students need to check in by 5:45pm)
    • College of Arts and Humanities
    • College of Business
    • College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
  • May 20, 2023 at 10:00am (students need to check in by 9:15am)
    • College of Education and Social and Behavioral Sciences

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 events in person can watch the commencement ceremonies via livestream on this site.  All three ceremonies are also being recorded and will be available on the University's YouTube channel in the weeks following.

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.

For undergraduate students: The DCU Center is a large indoor arena that seats over 10,000, there is no limit to the number of guests a student may bring to the ceremony.

For graduate students: Our Dwight Performing Arts Center seats over 500.  It should be noted that tickets are not required for this event, but seating is limited.

The 2023 FSU Commencement exercises will be mask optional events.  Anyone wishing to wear a mask 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
    February 2023
    April 2023

  • Family & Friends Commencement Celebration

    Saturday May 20th, 11:00 am-2:00 pm
    Location: Larned Beach, outside of Whittemore Library (rain location- Hemenway Labs)

    Join us as we celebrate the accomplishments of our graduates and recognize the support that you provided to them by family and friends through their journey to this point. Food, games, photo spots and the Senior Toast. This is a great opportunity to take pictures around campus with your student's cap and gowns too!