Ceremony Date: Thursday, May 12, 2016

    Ceremony Time: 3:30pm *Graduates arrival time 2:30pm

    Ceremony LocationBradenton Area Convention Center 1 Haben Boulevard  Palmetto, FL 34221 (941) 722-3244

    Ceremony Tickets & Seating:
    Tickets are required for guests of Graduates. Each Senior will receive an allotted number of tickets based on the graduating class size. The Center Hall will be set up with a video feed during the ceremony. We recommend that large groups of guests wishing to sit together arrive early because the Bradenton Area Convention Center will not permit the saving of seats. Announcements/Tickets will be available in the Office of Student Life after Spring Break. Check your Ringling College email for the announcement.

    Special Needs: Seating for Special Needs is limited. Please email commencement@ringling.edu  for any special needs accommodations. 

    Live Stream of Commencement Ceremony: Students, parents/guardians, faculty, and staff may view the Commencement

    Ceremony live by following the links below: *Links will become active the day of Commencement

    • Parents/Guardians click here. (Login or register to access the live stream)
    • Students, faculty, staff click here. (Login to access the live stream)

    *Recorded DVD copies of the ceremony are unavailable at this time due to contractual reasons.

    Graduate Arrival Time & Location: Graduates plan arrival at the graduate check-in area by (TIME TBA) within the Bradenton Area Convention Center's "Longboat Key" Room.

    Parking: Parking at the Bradenton Area Convention Center is free. Please, be mindful of time and traffic.

    Dress Attire: Business-Busines Casual. Florida temperatures rise to the 9o’s in May, but the Bradenton Area Convention Center is cool and air-conditioned.

    Photography/Electronics: Professional photographers GradImages will be capturing the Commencement Ceremony and taking photos of each graduate. Electronic video devices/video recorders are also welcomed and encouraged to be brought at the ceremony of your own discretion.

    Ceremony Programs: Specially designed by an appointed Ringling College Design Center graduating candidate - programs are available to graduates and guests and will be handed out by Student Life ushers the day of the ceremony.

    Diplomas: Graduates of Ringling College of Art and Design will receive their Official Undergraduate Diploma in the mail after the ceremony. To ensure information pertaining to your diploma is correct, complete the Diploma Application at the Office of Advising Records, and Registration or online by November 1, 2015.

    Hotel Accommodations: For information pertaining to area hotels. Visit the Ringling College website’s hotel page, click here. 

    Commencement Speaker: stay tuned to the Ringling College website and emails for more details.