Spring 2021 Graduation

Celebrate your achievement at Grad Walk

Friday,  April 30 - Sunday May 2 at Alico Arena

FGCU is adapting commencement traditions to allow graduates to celebrate while observing official COVID-19 safety measures. For spring, Grad Walk is a voluntary opportunity to briefly take the stage in person while as many as four guests watch and cheer from the floor. Over three days, college by college, we will shine a light on each Eagle at their registered time, in addition to presenting a virtual commencement featuring celebratory speeches. 

After registering, please keep your confirmation email, as it will also include your e-ticket needed for check-in the day of your Grad Walk celebration.

In addition to participating in Grad Walk, watch the virtual commencement with congratulatory speeches by FGCU dignitaries and a scroll of graduate names beginning Sunday, May 2 at 10 a.m.. We encourage you to share the virtual commencement link (fgcu.edu/spring2021grad) with family and friends. Once the video is online, it can be viewed at any time.

View Grad Walk Planning GuideCheck out #FGCUgrad Celebration Photos

Helpful Notes:

  • Grad Walk Registration ENDS at noon on Friday, April 23.
  • Please be aware that the virtual commencement does not require students to submit a photo or quote.
  • The virtual commencement will be an online video event that is published at 10 a.m. on May 2. This page (the one you are on now) will be updated to display the virtual commencement video.

Registration Alert:

Only the INDIVIDUAL GRADUATE should be signed up. If you signed up guests as well, PLEASE help free up time slots for FGCU GRADUATES only.

Visit Guest Removal Form

To register student and up to four guests, please follow the steps below:

  1. Select your college below | Only the graduating student needs to register. Guests do not need to register.

  2. You’ll then be directed to the Eventbrite registration page for your designated college. Select the green “Register” button toward the top right side of the page.

  3. Select a ticket from among the various 15-minute time slots available; click the red “register” button to confirm your time slot.

  4. Complete the contact information form on the check out page to complete registration.

  5. A confirmation email will then be sent to the email entered on the contact form with additional details regarding arrival, check-in and participation. 

Grad Walk Schedule:

  • April 30 | College of Arts & Sciences | 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
  • May 1 | College of Education | 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
  • May 1 | Lutgert College of Business | Noon to 5 p.m.
  • May 2 | School of Entrepreneurship | 9 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
  • May 2 | U.A. Whitaker College of Engineering | 10 a.m. to Noon
  • May 2 | Marieb College of Health & Human Services | 1-6:30 p.m.
    (1, 1:15, 1:30 p.m. reserved for hooding ceremony. Need help?)

Additional times may be added based on graduate participation

Virtual Commencement Schedule

  • May 2 | 10 a.m. Virtual Commencement video with speeches by FGCU dignitaries goes live | Watch it or share with family any time

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Plan ahead for Grad Walk

Registration now open: 

  • Only students who submitted their intent to graduate form with the Registrar by Feb. 15, 2021 will be eligible for this special event.
  • Up to four guests are welcome to join each graduate to watch the walk.  We recommend one vehicle per graduate, including guests.
  • Students who plan to participate will be required to register for a specific time slot by college. Graduates can wear FGCU caps and gowns or appropriate professional attire.
  • There will be multiple time slots available for each college to RSVP for Grad Walk.
  • Helpful Tip: Please add marcomm@fgcu.edu to your contacts/favorites list in email so future email messages don't go into your junk/clutter folders.

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Make the most of this special time

This is a time to celebrate, but also a time to keep friends, family and loved ones safe and healthy. Get details on planning the festivities. 

To accommodate as many participants as possible and ensure everyone’s safety, Grad Walk will require the cooperation of approximately 2,000 eligible graduates and their guests as well as the coordination of dozens of volunteers. Give yourself plenty of time to park and to check in at Alico Arena before your registered time. 

Prepare to follow CDC guidelines. Everyone entering Alico Arena will have a temperature check, be required to wear a mask at all times and practice 12-foot physical distancing from anyone not in your party whenever possible. 

Order your cap and gown through the University Bookstore.

Stop by the Sugden Hall portico 11 a.m.-3 p.m. April 22 for free commemorative gifts. 

Hotels Within 10 Miles

Search hotels near Florida Gulf Coast University. This information is provided to help you search for lodging. It is not an FGCU endorsement of listed properties.


8955 Daniels Pkwy
Fort Myers, FL 33912
7.8 miles from campus
13651-A Indian Paint Lane
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10081 Intercom Drive
Fort Myers, FL 33913
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Call to receive the FGCU rate
10050 Gulf Center Drive
Fort Myers, FL 33965
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Fort Myers, FL 33908
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9950 University Plaza Drive
Fort Myers, FL 33913
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Estero, FL 33928
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Fort Myers, FL 33912
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Estero, FL 33928
3.6 miles from campus
call to receive the FGCU rate or click the link above
16410 Corporate Commerce Way
Fort Myers, FL 33913
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9931 Interstate Commerce Drive
Fort Myers, FL 33913
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16450 Corporate Commerce Way
Fort Myers, FL 33913
2.7 miles from campus
11800 Coconut Plantation Drive
Bonita Springs, FL 34134
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23120 Via Villagio
Estero, FL 33928
7.3 miles from campus 
Call to receive the FGCU rate or click the link above
5001 Coconut Road
Bonita Springs, FL 34134
9.2 miles from campus
9521 Market Place Road
Fort Myers, FL 33912
7.7 miles from campus
9501 Market Place Road
Fort Myers, FL 33912
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10054 Gulf Center Drive
Fort Myers, FL 33913
3.7 miles from campus


Grad Walk will take place at Alico Arena on FGCU's main campus.

From the north (via I-75)

  • Take I-75 south to Alico Road at exit 128. 
  • Go east (left) on Alico Road for a half-mile.
  • Go south (right) on Ben Hill Griffin Parkway for 2 miles.
  • Turn left at the stoplight onto FGCU Boulevard at the main entrance (marked by FGCU tower and wall monument).
  • Continue in right lane and stop at the information booth for assistance with parking passes and campus maps.

From the south (via I-75)

  • Take I-75 north to Corkscrew Road at Exit 123.
  • Go east (right) onto Corkscrew Road for half-mile.
  • Turn north (left) onto Ben Hill Griffin Parkway.
  • Drive 3 miles to main entrance (marked by FGCU tower and wall monument) and turn right onto FGCU Boulevard.
  • Continue in right lane and stop at the information booth for assistance with parking passes and campus maps.


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Keep Eagle pride close at hand

You’re a class act, Class of 2021. Celebrate your achievement with wallpaper made exclusively for you featuring iconic campus images.

Show the world your accomplishment

Download and display an FGCU Class of 2021 yard sign.

They can be printed at select UPS, FedEx and Office Depot stores that can produce yard signs.


24" X 18" BLUE SIGN

President Martin Update

March 29 | Get the latest details from President Martin on spring 2021 commencement and COVID.


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