We are excited that our Commencement ceremony this year offers us an opportunity to continue the Eckerd College tradition of holding Commencement on campus and outdoors. We have contracted with an event company to erect a dramatic 340' x 100' open, white tent that will accommodate up to 4,500 people. This will allow for unlimited seating for families and friends. The tent will be cooled by a series of quiet fans. South Beach Field was chosen because it is one of the most beautiful areas of our campus and because it offers a spectacular vista of Boca Ciega Bay as a backdrop for the colorful rituals of our Commencement ceremony.
A professional photographer has been hired to capture each graduate's conferral. Ordering information for the Commencement video and conferral photographs will be available at the ceremony.
Parking will be available on campus. Wheel chair access to the field will be available.
During the procession and ceremony, guests are asked to turn off their cell phones, and remain in their seats.
A light continental breakfast, beginning at 7:00 a.m., will be served adjacent to the field. Complimentary water will also be available for guests throughout the ceremony.
Bathroom facilities will be available near South Beach Field.
The procession of students will begin at 8:00 a.m. Please be sure to be in your seats by this time to see the entire processional.