CJC Recognition Ceremony

Congratulations to all of our Fall 2018 graduates. We are currently planning the College’s Graduate Recognition Ceremony. This page provides details on the Ceremony, Guest Tickets, Reception, Best Spots for Photographs, Places to Visit and Dining Recommendations.

Quick Facts

CJC Graduate Recognition Ceremony

  • Date: Saturday, Dec. 15, 7 – 8:30 p.m.
  • Place: Reitz Union Ballroom
  • Assembly:  6 p.m., Ballroom hallway
  • Guest Tickets: Four per graduate
  • Ticket Pickup: Dec. 4 -14 in PATH office
  • Deadline for Pickup: Dec. 14 at noon
  • Extra Ticket Waiting Listhttps://goo.gl/forms/XDrQ5xQ2MFtllDQs1
  • Livestream: https://bit.ly/2zQignj


UF Graduation Ceremony

  • Date: Saturday, Dec. 15, 9 – 11 a.m.
  • Place: Ben Hill Griffin Stadium
  • Assembly: 8 a.m., Reitz Union Lawn
  • Pick Up Regalia: Dec. 10 – 15

For more information on parking, lodging, photography and more, visit the UF Commencement site at: https://commencement.ufl.edu/.

Graduates and Guests


Recognition Ceremony

The CJC Graduate Recognition Ceremony will take place on Saturday, Dec. 15, at 7 p.m. in the Reitz Union Ballroom.

Based on the number of graduates who will be attending, we will be able to provide each graduate with four (4) guest tickets for the ceremony. Any additional guests of our graduates are invited to join us in the Reitz Union Rion Ballroom to watch the ceremony via livestream. Seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis. 500 seats will be available.

For those who cannot attend, the ceremony will be livestreamed at: https://bit.ly/2zQignj .



Before the Recognition Ceremony, we invite you, your family members and friends to join us in the Weimer Hall atrium for our Graduation Reception from 5 – 6 p.m. This will be an opportunity for you and your guests to meet faculty members, your classmates, and others who have contributed to your experience and successes as a CJC student.

What Graduates Need to Know

Graduates must check-in at the Reitz Union Grand Ballroom by 6 p.m. and will then assemble by department in the Grand Ballroom hallway.  When you pick up your tickets, there will be a name card in your ticket envelope that you will bring to the ceremony. You must bring your name card to the check-in table outside of the Ballroom.

We want to make this ceremony special for you and are including an opportunity for you to write a brief, personal message that will be read when your name is called to walk across the stage.

The name card in your ticket envelope will be used to announce your name.  It will include space for your name and for a message. Please fill in your message and keep it to one sentence of 15 words or fewer. Be sure to write legibly so the readers can announce it when you walk.

Here are a few suggestions on how to start:

I am grateful for __________________________.
I appreciate how __________________________.
Thanks to  _______________________________.
I look forward to __________________________.


Guest Tickets

Please be advised that guests will be required to present their tickets at the door in order to be admitted to the recognition ceremony. No tickets will be needed for those attending the livestream event in the Rion Ballroom.

On-campus Students: Beginning on Dec. 4, graduates can pick up guest tickets in the PATH office, 1060 Weimer Hall.  Tickets will be available until noon on Dec. 14.   Please sign in at the front desk in the PATH office Monday thru Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. and see the appropriate advisor. You must pick up your own tickets and you will be asked to show your UFID.

Graduates should see the following advisers: Advertising – Nicki Dankers; Journalism – Meisha Wade; Public Relations – Judy Hunter; Telecommunication – Alejandra Delgado.

Ticket pickup will end on Dec. 14 at noon and unclaimed tickets will be given to those who have signed up for the extra ticket wait list. To sign up for the wait list, click here: https://goo.gl/forms/XDrQ5xQ2MFtllDQs1. (Extra tickets will be allocated in groups of two until we run out.)

Online graduating students:  You will need to RSVP to Jennifer Ford at jennifer.ford@jou.ufl.edu by noon on Dec. 13 for us to hold your tickets for pickup. You may pick up your tickets at the door of the Grand Ballroom in the Reitz Union on the day of the ceremony starting at 6 p.m.  Staff will be at the door to handle ticket distribution.

Top 5 Lists

Top Graduation Photo Spots

  • Ben Hill Griffin Stadium and Bull Gator Statues
  • Emerson Alumni Gator Statue
  • French Fries Sculpture
  • Weimer Hall Atrium
  • Century Tower

Places to Visit

  • UF Bat House at Lake Alice
  • Paynes Prairie/La Chua Trail
  • Florida Museum of Natural History & Butterfly Rainforest
  • Harn Museum of Art
  • Freshwater Springs (ex. Ginny Springs)
Top 10 Lists: Dining

Brunch Options

  • Flying Biscuit
  • 43rd Street Deli
  • Metro Diner
  • Peach Valley Café
  • Maple Street Biscuit Co.
  • Afternoon
  • Civilization
  • Keke’s Breakfast Café
  • Daybreak
  • Curia on the Drag

Lunch Options

  • The Swamp
  • Satchel’s Pizza
  • Bento
  • SweetBerries
  • Felipe’s Taqueria
  • The Spot
  • La Tienda
  • Mi Apa Latin Café
  • Pop-A-Top
  • Designer Greens

Dinner Options*

  • The Top
  • Embers
  • Dragonfly Sushi
  • Paramount Grill
  • Emiliano’s Cafe
  • Leonardo’s 706
  • Crane Ramen
  • Public & General
  • Harry’s Seafood
  • 4Rivers Smokehouse

* Dinner reservations are strongly encouraged