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USF announces in-person graduation ceremony, first since pandemic began

The ceremonies are expected to look a little different.
The University of South Florida announced its first in-person graduation ceremonies since the beginning of the pandemic would be held at Tropicana Field in May. (ALESSANDRA DA PRA   |   Times)
The University of South Florida announced its first in-person graduation ceremonies since the beginning of the pandemic would be held at Tropicana Field in May. (ALESSANDRA DA PRA | Times) [ Times (2018) ]
Published Mar. 15
Updated Mar. 15

ST. PETERSBURG — The University of South Florida announced Monday it will hold its spring graduation ceremonies in-person at Tropicana Field.

The ceremonies, which are set to take place May 7-9, mark the first in-person graduation ceremonies at the university since December 2019, albeit with modifications.

Participants and guests must wear face coverings, including those who have been vaccinated, according to a message from USF president Steve Currall. Students will not cross the stage or have their names read, and doctoral students will not be hooded during the ceremony.

“In-person commencement is an honored and joyous occasion, and we have worked closely with our experts from USF Health to provide a safe environment for our spring ceremonies,” Currall said in the message.

Spring 2021 graduates may RSVP to participate with up to two guests by April 5. The number of ceremonies will depend on the response, and the final schedule will be set by April 9. The university expects 7,000 students to graduate.

Those who graduated last year will be invited to participate in an in-person ceremony at a later date, the release said.