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The Commencement of the Class of 2022


Sunday, May 22, 2022, 8 a.m. ET
South Beach Field
Speaker: Miles C. Collier, member and former chair of the Eckerd College Board of Trustees

Dean Jim Annarelli
Commencement offers us an opportunity to reflect upon the past and to look to the future. It is a time for families, friends, and all members of our college community to recognize and honor the achievements of our graduating students.

I invite one and all to join in celebrating the graduation of the Eckerd College Class of 2022. Students will receive their degree Sunday, May 22, 2022 at 8 a.m. on the beautifully located Eckerd College South Field, surrounded by Florida palms and gorgeous waterfront views.

I look forward to seeing you there.

Jim Annarelli
Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students

The venue

Commencement takes place right on campus at beautiful South Beach. With the stunning bay as the backdrop, families gather beneath an impressive tent to celebrate this wonderful occasion.


Saturday, May 21, 2022

Dean of Students Celebration
Hough Quad
7 p.m. (Fireworks display over Chapel pond at 9:15 p.m.)
Graduates and their guests are invited to this dessert reception hosted by the Office of the Dean of Students. Reservations not needed.

Sunday, May 22, 2022

Pastries and Coffee for Families
South Beach Field
7 a.m.

Robing for Graduates
Hough Quad
7 a.m.
Arrive wearing caps and gowns

South Beach Field
8 a.m.
Streamed live on YouTube

Speeches and remarks


Douglas H. McMahon, Jr.
Director of the Center for Religious Life and Chaplain


Damián J. Fernández

Greetings from the Graduating Class

Alexandria Gordon
Class of 2022

Presidential Address

Damián J. Fernández

Commencement Address

Miles Collier
Founder, Collier Enterprises; Author and Artist


Damián J. Fernández

Academic Regalia

Students: If you have not yet ordered your commencement regalia, please contact the bookstore. The caps, gowns, and hoods worn at college and university functions date back to the Middle Ages.

For Students

Student wearing graduation regalia

Academic regalia for students will include a black baccalaureate gown, a mortar board with a colored tassel reflective of the student’s home collegium, and a baccalaureate hood.

The hood for the baccalaureate degree is of a size specified by the American Council on Education. It is lined with the chevron of Eckerd College, that is with white and teal satin and it is trimmed with velvet the color of which is reflective of the degree conferred. The hood for the Bachelor of Arts degree is trimmed in white velvet while the hood for the Bachelor of Science degree is trimmed in gold velvet. It is important to note that the color of the velvet trimming of a hood is determined by the degree conferred, rather than by the students major. Hence, the bachelor of arts degree is trimmed in white irrespective of the student’s major field.

For Faculty & Administration

The gown for the doctorate has broad velvet panels down the front and three velvet bars on the large, bell-like sleeves; the gown is usually black but when the degree is awarded by certain schools the color of that institution is reflected in the gown. The gown for the master’s degree has short sleeves. Caps may be of the mortar board style or of velvet; a gold tassel indicates a doctor’s degree. The hood gives color and distinction to the academic costume. The hood–a black shell-like affair of varying size for the three degrees and material to match the gown–is silk-lined stressing the colors of the institution conferring the degree. The hood is then bordered with velvet of the color signifying the respective fields of learning.

The colors indicative of the various fields of learning are as follows:

  • Anthropology – Dark Blue
  • Arts – White
  • Business Administration – Light Brown
  • Communication – Crimson
  • Counseling & Guidance – Light Blue
  • Dramatic Arts – Brown
  • Economics – Copper
  • Education – Light Blue
  • Engineering – Orange
  • English – White
  • Fine Arts – Brown
  • Government – Peacock Blue
  • History – White
  • Humanities – White
  • Literature – White
  • Library Science – Lemon
  • Mathematics – Gold
  • Music – Pink
  • Philosophy – Dark Blue
  • Physical Education – Sage Green
  • Political Science – Dark Blue
  • Psychology – Gold
  • Science – Gold
  • Sociology – White
  • Theology – Scarlet

It is important to note that the field of learning having prior mention in the conferment of the degree, and not the department governing the major work, determines the color that is proper for the velvet of the hood. The doctor of philosophy degree requires blue velvet irrespective of the major field. If more than one degree is held, the gown and hood of the highest degree are worn.

Class of 2020 Plans

We are excited to welcome back members of the Class of 2020 during this year’s Commencement festivities. We will not hold a separate event for the Class of 2020, but those members who wish to participate in the May ceremony are invited to do so. Please plan to wear the cap and gown you received in the spring of 2020. If you need to reorder a cap and gown for this year’s ceremony, you may do so by contacting the Campus Bookstore at

Members of the Class of 2020 who would like to participate in the Sunday. May 22 Commencement are asked to email Anne Wetmore, Associate Dean of Students and chair of the Commencement Committee, at with your name and the number of guests you expect to accompany you.

Family Info

We are excited that our Commencement ceremony 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 5,000 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.

Things to Know

  • Accommodation requests related to a disability should be made by May 6, 2022, to Anne Wetmore at or by phoning 727.865.7163.
  • A professional photographer will capture each graduate’s conferral. Ordering information for conferral photographs will be available at the ceremony.
  • The ceremony will be broadcast live on YouTube and subsequently archived on our Commencement playlist.
  • 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.
  • Pastries and coffee, beginning at 7 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 a.m. Please be sure to be in your seats by this time to see the entire processional.
  • A drone may be present to capture footage from overhead; it will be flown by a licensed pilot under FAA regulations.

Previous ceremonies

Looking for previous Commencement materials?

Visit our Library Archives and our YouTube playlist for digital copies of programs, speeches and remarks from previous Eckerd College commencement ceremonies.