Hodges University

Graduation Information

Graduation is the most significant academic event for students and the entire University community. It is the culmination of years of hard work and personal and financial sacrifice for students and families alike. The Graduation Committee has gone to great lengths to make this year's Commencement one which will properly honor your accomplishment and provide lasting memories. The 25th Commencement Ceremony will celebrate the traditional observances that accompany one of the highest rewards of academic achievement.

Sunday, June 8, 2014
4:00 PM

Germain Arena
11000 Everblades Parkway
Estero, Florida 33928

This information has been prepared to answer questions for graduates, family, and friends and replaces a formal rehearsal. Please click on each hyperlink as additional information has been provided. The 2014 Commencement Ceremony is for any student graduating August 2013, December 2013, or April 2014.

In making preparations for graduation, it is imperative that graduates keep up to date with any new developments. Should you have any questions regarding graduation, please contact one of the Registrar's Office staff members listed below. The Registrar’s Office verifies you have completed all requirements necessary to participate in the ceremony so please reply promptly to any emails or phone calls you may receive.

Fort Myers - Jenna Kaiser, Registrar, jkaiser@hodges.edu, (239) 482-0019 or 800-466-0019.
Naples & Online - Eva Wilson, Account Registrar, ewilson@hodges.edu  (239) 513-1122 or 800-466-8017.
Learning Site - April Falso, Learning Site Registrar, afalso@hodges.edu (239) 482-0019 or 800-466-0019.
• If you are unsure of your campus affiliation, email the Registrar’s Office at registrar@hodges.edu .

Please review all information posted carefully. Your cooperation and understanding of procedures will guarantee a smooth, enjoyable ceremony for you and your guests.

Candidate Information

Graduation Requirements & Documentation Required

Graduation Checklist
Complete Graduation Information Form
All candidates need to complete graduation information requested in the link: https://www.formstack.com/forms/hu-graduation_information prior to attending a Grad Fair listed below.
Distance Education and Learning Site students may order these items from our vendor’s website at http://www.mycelebrationtime.com/.
Cap, gown, honor cords, stoles of appreciation, and appreciation ribbons may be picked up at one of the following Grad Fairs:
      § Naples Campus*: April 30 - May 1 from 1:00 PM – 7:00 PM
      § Fort Myers Campus*: April 28 - 29 from 1:00 PM – 7:00 PM
      § Pasco Hernado State College*: May 27 from 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Please contact the Registrar’s Office if you cannot attend one of these events.
A photographer has been retained to take a no obligation photo of each graduate in cap and gown at the Grad Fairs listed with an * above.  Your portraits will be included in a composite group photo based on the type of degree you are earning, i.e. an associate composite photo, a bachelor composite photo and master’s composite photo.  Please schedule enough time to have your picture taken along with picking up all graduation items.
Students who live at a distance and are planning to attend the ceremony may contact the Naples Registrar’s Office to make arrangements for graduation supplies.
GradImages has been hired to take 3 photographs of you during the ceremony. Students who preregister with GradImages will receive $5 off a future $25 order.  Pre-register with GradImages by visiting www.gradimages.com, and clicking on the Pre-Event Registration at the bottom of the page. This provides them with the most correct and up-to-date contact information and ensures the delivery of your graduation proofs in a timely manner. You may register your email and up to 6 emails of loved ones who would like to share in your accomplishment by viewing and ordering photos. 
Completing All Degree Requirements
Winter 2014 potential graduates must pass and complete all degree requirements by May 9, 2014 in order to be listed in the Commencement Program. Please verify all course work has been completed by the end of the semester.
The details printed on your diploma will be based on the information we have on file. All Summer 2013 and Fall 2013 diplomas may be picked up at a Graduation Fair. Winter 2014 graduates will be notified by University email when your diploma will be available. It is your responsibility to make sure that the information in your file is correct. We urge all students to check their account status with the Business Office prior to Commencement. Failure to satisfy all financial obligations with the University will prevent you from receiving your diploma and/or transcripts in a timely manner. 
Graduation Celebration
The 2014 Graduation Party is Saturday, June 7 at the Holiday Inn at Town Center in Estero (I-75, exit 128) from 7 PM to 10:00 PM.

Tickets may be purchased at the Graduation Fair dates or the University stores in Naples or Fort Myers. FKCC, PHSC, and SFSC graduates may purchase tickets from the Learning Site Coordinators after the Grad Fair. 
  • Tickets for graduates are $10.00.
  • Tickets for non-graduates are $15.00. 
  • Graduates may purchase a maximum of 4 tickets per person (one at $10.00 and 3 at $15.00). 
  • Each graduate planning to attend the graduation celebration must RSVP by purchasing a ticket before May 31, 2014.
  • There will be no tickets sold at the door, so purchase your tickets early. 
Appetizers will be served from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. and a buffet dinner will follow. There will be plenty of  dancing, eating, prizes, and much more.
Alumni Association
 Alumni Association 

The Alumni Association of Hodges University was founded in 1992. The mission of the Alumni Association is to support Hodges University, and to maintain the network of professional and social connections established as students in pursuit of lifelong learning.

All graduates of Hodges University are considered members of the association, and there are no membership fees or dues.

Mr. Joe Turner serves as the Director of Public Relations and Alumni Affairs. Dr. Marcia Turner, Dean of Students, is the University's Administrative Advisor and contact person for the Alumni Association. The office is supported by the executive leaders and committees of the Alumni Association, and Wendy Gehring serves as the HUAA President.

The strength of the Alumni Association is dependent on communication and networking. Hodges currently maintains current events on our Alumni site, the main website, our Facebook page and our Twitter page.

IMPORTANT: Alumni Affairs has launched its social network that is accessible at alumni.hodges.edu. Alumni are able to register and create a personal profile. The network interfaces with other social media such as Facebook, and this communication tool greatly benefits the future growth and connectivity of the Hodges University Alumni Association.

Alumni newsletters are published electronically. To keep connected, register for free at alumni.hodges.edu. The members of the Alumni Association also receive the newsletter, The Torch, published each semester by University Advancement. It keeps the alumni informed of news of the University, updates, alumni news and programs, meetings and profiles of alumni successes.

Please keep the Alumni Association updated of any address and employment changes, professional accomplishments, and general alumni news so you may receive this newsletter and possibly be included in the publications or profiled on the social network. Contact us at alumni@hodges.edu. A current email address is important for alumni contact and receipt of alumni information.

Also, please remember to contact the Registrar’s Office to update directory information such as: email address, home address, or phone number.

Throughout the academic year, the Alumni Association will hold meetings announced through the alumni newsletter and postings on the Hodges University Alumni Association network. All graduates are encouraged to attend and participate as plans are made for events, programs, club and organizational meetings, as well as news of alumni services. The gatherings offer an excellent opportunity for networking and visiting with other Hodges University alumni.

Your Alma Mater, Hodges University, wishes to maintain a positive relationship with its graduates and strongly supports the development of a proactive Alumni Association. Alumni may assist the institution through student referrals, professional mentorships, testimonials, and responding to the annual surveys from the Institutional Effectiveness Committee.

Please help the University by “spreading the word” of the quality of education available at Hodges University to the community. The future of your Alma Mater depends on continued enrollment of qualified, interested students. Encourage prospective students to consider attending Hodges University.

Commencement Day

Arrival & Assembly

If you have not yet had your individual picture taken at a prior Grad Fair, plan to arrive at 1:00 P.M. (see more information listed under Ceremony); otherwise, plan to arrive at 2:00 P.M. for a review of the ceremony instructions. 

Graduates may enter through the East entrance. See the map below.
Each graduate will pick-up his/her name card at tables located behind the stage. This card should be carried by you until it is given to the announcer before crossing the stage. 

The name card is prepared from information provided to HU from the Intent to Graduate Form. 

  • Complete your current contact information on the back of the card for our photographer.
  • Graduates will be assigned a seat number in either Section 115, 116, or 117 alphabetically by program.
  • Please note that to get to your seat, you must walk up stairs. The card will have your seat listed in the upper right hand corner. 
  • Be sure you have your name card with you before you begin the procession. 

Extra caps and gowns are always brought to the ceremony if yours needs to be replaced.
Dress Code & Conduct

You are expected to wear the full academic dress (cap, gown & honor cord or master's hood, if applicable).

  • Graduates will put on their caps and gowns prior to rehearsal. Staff will be available to help. 
  • Please leave all valuables and personal items with family, friends or guests. 
  • Attire traditionally worn with the gown: 
      Men -- dress shirt with collar, dark slacks, plain dark tie, and black shoes.
      Women -- dark dress, or skirt or pants and blouse, with black, closed-toed shoes.
      All -- Flip-flops, tennis shoes, and white shoes should not be worn.

  • If need be, please press your gowns with a cool iron.
  • The cap should lie flat with the tassel hanging on the front right side. Graduates should be careful not to let the tassel interfere while photographs are being taken. 
  • If applicable, honor cords should be worn around the neck with tassels hanging down from each side. Honor cords will be distributed as follows according to University policy.
      Gold for summa cum laude
      Burgundy for magna cum laude
      Silver for cum laude

The University makes every attempt to plan and conduct a meaningful, dignified ceremony. The recognition of your academic achievements should be observed with respect.   Disorderly conduct, rowdiness, or the presence of alcohol or drugs will be grounds for immediate removal and may result in your diploma being retained by the University.

Graduates are advised to use the restroom facilities prior to the start of the ceremony, as you will not be permitted to leave your seats once the Ceremony begins. Graduates are required to remain seated throughout the program. 

Graduates are seated in sections 115, 116, or 117 in the order that they will walk across the stage. This order coincides with the way the degrees are listed in the commencement program, alphabetically and by degree. 

You will be asked to move down to the floor area at 3:30 PM. You will form as many rows as possible behind the stage. When the procession begins, students will continue to move to the floor area as quickly as possible. 

Processional Order

  • Grand Marshal
  • Carol Morrison, Vice President of Student Records Management
  • Faculty
  • Marcia Turner, Dean of Students
  • Master’s candidates
  • Bachelor’s candidates
  • Associate candidates
  • Stage guests

Enter the main floor
along the north side of the arena. Proceed all the way to the back of the seats, turn right, and turn right again into the center aisle. See image below. Commencement programs will be placed on each seat.

The student speaker for the graduation ceremony is selected by the Graduation Committee. To be considered for this honor, you must meet the following requirements:

  • be receiving a baccalaureate degree,
  • have an institutional cumulative grade point average of 3.90 or higher,
  • and be recommended by your school.

All students who meet these requirements will have an information packet and application form mailed from Dr. Turner. The student speaker will interview and be selected on April 29, 2014.

After the student and guest speaker are finished, Dr. Spiezio will ask all candidates for the master’s degree to please stand. Masters degrees will be conferred by the President. You will then be sent to the stage area by Ms. Morrison. Dr. Turner will send you one at a time to see Ms. Klentzeris. You will hand Ms. Klentzeris your name card face up so she can read your name.

Proceed across the stage as indicated in the chart.

  • Accept the diploma cover from the President with your left hand.  Shake hands with your right hand. This will be one of the photos taken so remember to smile. 
  • The Grand Marshal will turn your tassel and shake your hand, shake hands with others on stage. The Alumni Association will give you a gift and faculty will congratulate you before you return to your seat.
  • Please sit down when you return to your seat.
  • Bachelor and associate graduates will follow the same procedures.
  • If you are seated in Section B, follow the directions to access the stage and return to your seat.

Photographs & Video
Our composite photographer will be set up at 1:00 PM prior to the ceremony for those not able to get a photo taken at a prior Grad Fair. 
GradImages has been hired to take 3 photographs of you during the ceremony, one before you go to the stage, one when you are shaking the President’s hand at center stage, and one after you have exited the stage. An email will be sent when your proofs are available to your Hodges email address and any additional email address you provided on the back of the Name Card.  Students who preregister with GradImages will receive a $5 off a future $25 order.
Order of recessional:
  1. Grand Marshal
  2. Stage guests
  3. Faculty
  4. Graduates

Dr. Turner and Ms. Morrison will let you know when your row may exit.

Do not stop when you reach the lobby area as other graduates are trying to leave too.

Try to preplan a meeting location with your family and friends as you may exit the arena from either side behind the stage.
Live Broadcast
Click here to view the live Commencement Ceremony online.  Please note, the session will not be available until 2:00 pm EST on June 8, 2014.
After you select the link, enter a viewer name when prompted and accept/allow your browser to open pop-ups and run scripts if prompted.
The Audio Video screen will be in the top left of your Blackboard Collaborate window.  You can click and drag the screen out of the corner and make it larger for better viewing.


Guest Information

Commencement Day

Date, Time, Venue & Parking
SUNDAY, JUNE 8, 2014
4:00 PM EST
11000 Everblades Parkway
Estero, Florida 33928


A more detailed interactive map may be referenced at the following website http://www.germainarena.com/directions.php. 

From the North: Take I-75 to Exit 128 (Alico Road). Head east on Alico Road to Ben Hill Griffin Parkway. Take Ben Hill Griffin for approximately 3.5 miles south. The Arena is located on the right-hand side.

From the South: Take I-75 to Exit 123 (Corkscrew Road). Head east on Corkscrew Road. Take Ben Hill Griffin north and the Arena is located on the left-hand side.

The parking lot opens three hours prior to the Commencement Ceremony.

There is ample parking available at Germain Arena in the surrounding parking lots.

There is no charge for parking.

Guest Seating

Guests should arrive between 3:00 and 4:00 PM. 

Handicapped seating is available in the south side stands. There is open space for wheelchairs and some free standing chairs. One guest may sit with a handicapped guest.

Please note that baby strollers, balloons, and flowers are not allowed in the arena. A special stroller check-in will be staffed and will be noted on the Guest Seating page of the Graduation Ceremony Review. Balloons and flowers are kept at the main desk and may be picked up after the ceremony.

One concession stand will be open for food and drinks on the south side of the arena.

Parents, family, and friends are encouraged to stay seated, as leaving the Ceremony demonstrates extreme disrespect to all in attendance.


NO one is allowed onto the main floor or in the aisles to take pictures.

A professional photographer has been hired to take no-obligation photos of each graduate.

Photographs may be taken by family and friends from their seats.

Live Broadcast
Click here to view the live Commencement Ceremony online.  Please note, the session will not be available until 2:00 pm EST on June 8, 2014.
After you select the link, enter a viewer name when prompted and accept/allow your browser to open pop-ups and run scripts if prompted.
The Audio Video screen will be in the top left of your Blackboard Collaborate window.  You can click and drag the screen out of the corner and make it larger for better viewing.
For additional assistance or to contact the Office of the Registrar, call (800) 466-8017 or (800) 466-0019.  You may also email registrar@hodges.edu.

Did You Know?

Hodges University’s Associate Professor of Business Administration, Dr. Aysegul Timur, was honored with a best presenter award at the 2007 Global Business & Economics Research Conference in Istanbul, Turkey. Dr. Timur’s report, “The Impact of the European Integration on the Pharmaceutical Industry,” was picked best out of the 50 presentations at the global event.

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