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Florida Commencement FAQ

2019 Florida Commencement Ceremony

We are pleased that you will be able to attend National Louis University's 30th Annual Florida Regional Commencement Ceremony at the Coliseum in downtown St. Petersburg! The Commencement Ceremony will be held on Sunday, June 23, 2019 at 1:00 PM at The Coliseum, 535 Fourth Avenue North, St. Petersburg, FL 33701.


Parking is available in the parking lots next to The Coliseum. Parking is free of charge at the NLU Commencement event.  Due to the level of expected participation at this year’s ceremony, we anticipate that parking capacity will be reached at the venue.  Overflow parking has been planned for and will be utilized if needed.  Should overflow parking also reach capacity, street parking is available around the venue.    

No tickets are required for the event. However, please make sure to let us know any changes to the amount of guests you indicated on your Commencement registration so we are able to make sure there is adequate seating.

Cap and Gown Ordering Information

You should receive your regalia at your home by ordering through Herff Jones's website: For questions about your cap and gown orders please call Herff Jones’s Customer Service at 800.837.4235, or our Herff Jones representative Reid Olson at 312-315-7057.  If you do not receive your cap and gown by the end of May, please contact Herff Jones Company immediately. You must wear your regalia to participate in the commencement ceremony. The academic apparel is yours to keep.


Graduates and Guests with Special Needs

If you need special assistance please contact Edmarie Rosado ( to make arrangements before June 1st.

Handicapped parking is available at the Coliseum. Please let us know if any of your guests will require special seating so we can make the proper arrangements. Sitting in or obstructing the aisles is prohibited.


A professional portrait photo will be taken by GradImages during the ceremony. A photograph will be taken of each student as he or she receives a diploma cover. These services will be offered for an additional cost and pictures can be ordered online at

We will send more information regarding ceremony details in the coming weeks leading up to Commencement Day. If you have any questions in the meantime just let us know.

Congratulations to each of you and we will see you Sunday, June 23rd!


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