UMA Commencement

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When: Saturday June 4, 2022

Ceremony #1: 9:00 a.m.

Ceremony #2: 2:30 p.m.

Where: Yuengling Center Tampa, FL

Eligible Grads: July 12, 2021 – July 10, 2022

REGISTRATION TO ATTEND 2022 COMMENCEMENT WILL OPEN ON MARCH 21, 2022

Commencement 2022 will be separated into two ceremonies. Graduates will be divided by UMA program.

  • Ceremony #1 – 9:00 a.m.
  • Doors Open: 7:30 a.m.
  • Included UMA Programs
  • Dental Assistant with Expanded Functions
  • Health and Human Services
  • Health Information Technology
  • Health Sciences – Dental Assistant with Expanded Functions
  • Health Sciences – Medical Assistant
  • Medical Assistant
  • Medical Billing and Coding Associate
  • Medical Billing and Coding Diploma
  • Nursing Assistant
  • Patient Care Technician
  • Ceremony #2 – 2:30 p.m.
  • Doors Open: 1:30 p.m.
  • Included UMA Programs
  • Healthcare Accounting
  • Healthcare Management
  • Health Sciences – Medical Administrative Assistant
  • Health Sciences – Medical Office and Billing Specialist
  • Health Sciences – Pharmacy Technician
  • Medical Administrative Assistant
  • Medical Office and Billing Specialist

If you are unsure what program you are in, please contact your UMA advisor at 855-454-6841.

Important Dates

March 16, 2022: Registration opens

May 15, 2022: Deadline to order your cap, gown, and tassel under the special rate. Orders placed after this date will be charged a $10 late fee. Late orders may also need to be shipped via express shipping methods to be delivered on time, which will increase the shipping cost.

May 27, 2022: Deadline to register to attend Commencement

June 4, 2022: Commencement Day

Eligibility to Walk

Any UMA graduate completing their program between July 12, 2021, and July 10, 2022, will be honored at the 2022 ceremonies.

We will also welcome graduates who were eligible to attend the Spring 2020 ceremony that was cancelled due to the global pandemic. UMA Alumni with a program graduation date between 11/6/2019 – 5/17/2020 are invited to attend 2022 Commencement, walk the stage, and be recognized. If you can attend in-person, please register. Please note that your name will not appear in this year’s Commencement program. If you are in attendance, your name will be called as you walk across the stage.

Due to venue capacity, graduates from previous years, or virtual ceremonies, with graduation dates between 5/18/20 – 7/12/21 are not eligible to participate in-person at this time but will be invited to attend and walk the stage at a future ceremony.

Register to Attend

All grads who will be attending the Commencement in Tampa, Florida in person must register in advance.

You do not need to register to attend virtually. Guests do not need to register or have a ticket. There is no limit to how many guests can attend with you.

Cap, Gown, and Tassel Ordering

Click here to order your cap and gown.

Cap and Gowns are on sale now.

All orders must be placed by May 15, 2022. Orders placed after this date will be charged a $10 late fee. Late orders may also need to be shipped via express shipping methods to be delivered on time which will increase the shipping cost.

It is recommended to contact Economy Cap and Gown by calling 866-245-0600 to find out the best expedited shipping option according to your needs.

It is our policy that all graduates must wear a cap and gown to participate in the ceremony.

Honors cords and stoles will be provided in advance of the ceremony by UMA to graduates who qualify. Graduates should bring their honor cords with them to the ceremony.

Graduate and Family Special Assistance

For Graduates with disabilities, limited mobility, or who need special assistance during their time at the Yuengling Center, please register to attend and order your cap and gown then contact disabilityservices@ultimatemedical.edu or call 888-333-1454 to provide more details regarding your needs. We can best assist you with advance notice.

Service Animals are permitted in the Yuengling Center. Please bring proper documentation.

Handicap seating is available throughout the Yuengling Center.

Sign language interpreters will be at the ceremony for any hearing-impaired graduates or guests. If you are a graduate needing sign language interpretation on Commencement day, special assistance can be provided. If you have a family member who requires seating near sign language interpreters, reserved seating is available. Please contact disabilityservices@ultimatemedical.edu or call 888-333-1454 in advance of Commencement day to make arrangements.

COVID 19 Policy

The health and safety of all graduates, guests, UMA staff, and faculty is our number one priority. UMA will adhere to current CDC guidelines and recommendations. All Commencement attendees are encouraged to wear a face covering, regardless of vaccination status. If graduates or guests are feeling unwell or showing signs of COVID 19 symptoms, we ask that you do not attend.

All UMA staff and faculty are instructed to wear a mask based on personal preference, stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines and get tested if you have symptoms. If team members are feeling unwell or showing signs of COVID 19 symptoms, we ask that you do not attend.

Know Before You Go

Graduating with a second degree or diploma?

Good news! If you already graduated from another program, attended a previous in-person ceremony, and have a royal blue cap and gown, you may wear the same cap and gown again. Just make sure you register for Commencement, so we can provide you with a new tassel on the day of Commencement based on your second program.

After you check-in at the Yuengling Center on June 4, please stop by the “UMA Cap/Gown Support” table to request your new tassel. If you don’t register, we can’t guarantee we’ll have your new tassel, and you must have one in order to attend the ceremony.

Should I steam or cool iron my gown at home?

Yes, please get the wrinkles out of your gown before coming to the ceremony. Use a cool iron or a steamer to smooth out the wrinkles. Do not use a hot iron or you could damage/melt the fabric.

What are the shipping options for my cap and gown?

Your cap and gown will ship to your home. Orders are not processed daily and may take a few weeks to arrive. If you place an order by the online order shipping deadline, be assured that it will arrive in time for you to bring your cap and gown to Commencement. If you have any questions, please contact Economy Cap and Gown at 866-245-0600.

May I buy a cap, gown, or tassel as a souvenir even if I am not attending the ceremony?

Yes!

What if there is a problem with my cap, gown, or tassel order?

Please contact the vendor: Economy Cap and Gown. As the providers of the cap and gown set, they will be able to work on resolving your issue. Their customer service number is 866-245-0600.

Click here to order your cap/gown/tassel set.

Honor Cords, Tassels, and Stoles

If you received a gold or silver honors cord in the mail, bring it to the ceremony. A limited number of honors cords will be available when you check in, but we cannot guarantee to have extras if you forget yours.

ABK Honors Society members will receive their items in advance of Commencement day. ABK cords will not be available at the ceremony. UMA Student Ambassadors will receive their red stole in advance of Commencement Day.

Please refrain from wearing any non-UMA-issued regalia.

Honors cords are sent by UMA to graduates who have qualified.

UMA Cords and Stole

  • Gold Cord: High Honors (4.0 CGPA)
  • Silver Cord: Honors (3.5 – 3.99 CGPA)
  • White Cord: Perfect Attendance (Clearwater Campus Only)
  • Red/Blue Cord: Alpha Beta Kappa Honor Society
  • Red Stole: Student Ambassador

Tassels

The color of your tassel signifies your degree or diploma. All associate degree graduates wear a black tassel. Diploma graduates wear differing colors based on their program.

Virtual Commencement Activities

Commencement is such an exciting time, not only for graduates but also for UMA’s staff and faculty! Before Commencement takes place, we will be hosting several virtual events to give graduates the opportunity to meet their Learner Services and Career Services advisors, faculty, and program directors. More information and the schedule of events will be shared soon.

Graduate Portraits and Stage Photos

Pre-Ceremony Portraits

A professional photographer will be available before the ceremony to take graduate portraits. Commemorate your special achievement with a professional portrait by Insight Photography! Registration is $30 and will be returned to you as a $30 discount when you order portraits. Please register no later than June 3rd so we have you in our system on picture day. Photographers will be available before and after each commencement ceremony for your convenience. After the event, you will receive a text and email link where you can see all of your great poses and create your portrait order exactly the way you want! Your package will arrive at your home within 2 weeks. If you need help registering or have questions, please text Insight Photography at 727-560-3144 or email us at ally@insightphotography.net.

All orders must be placed in advance; no day of purchases will be taken at Commencement.

For pre-registration and ordering, please click here.

Stage Photos

Grad Images will be taking pictures of each graduate as they receive their diploma cover on the stage, with two additional pictures taken after the graduate leaves the stage. Proofs will be emailed to the graduate to view after the ceremony. There is no obligation to purchase the photos.

Commencement Etiquettes

In order to participate in the commencement ceremony, graduates must be in academic apparel (wearing cap, gown, and tassel). Ideally, we would also like you to wear your best interview attire underneath the gown.

Etiquette | How to properly wear a graduation cap and gown

Royal blue cap and gown must be worn by graduates, with limited quantities for sale the day of the ceremony. We strongly recommend that you order your cap/gown/tassel set in advance to guarantee that you will be able to participate in commencement. Order here.

How to wear the cap and gown: The cap is worn flat on the head. The gown should fall midway between the knee and ankle. Tassels are worn on the right side and shifted to the left when graduates receive their diplomas. During the National Anthem, males should remove their caps. (Females are allowed to keep their caps on.)

What to wear under the cap and gown: It is recommended that you wear dark slacks or a skirt with a neatly pressed, light-colored dress shirt, or a dress underneath the academic gown. It is also suggested that males wear a dark tie and females avoid high heel shoes for both safety and comfort. Jeans and shorts, sandals and tennis shoes should be avoided.

Seating for Ceremony

There is no graduate processional; graduates can access the ground floor by using the stairs nearest to Gate D. There will be two seating sections in the arena. Due to limited seating, there is no option to select your seat, so please follow staff directions to the seat you will occupy during the ceremony. If you want to sit with a friend(s) during the ceremony, you must enter the arena floor at the same time since you won’t be able to reserve seats for anyone and staff will make sure every seat is occupied. Graduates will not be seated by program. Only graduates are permitted on the seating floor. Family, including children, and guests must be seated in the general seating area.

Please fill in every seat in your row. The commencement staff will assist.

All graduates are required to be seated 15 minutes prior to the ceremony start time, so plan accordingly.

Your cooperation in following these instructions will help us get the Commencement ceremony underway.

Seating for Ceremony - Graduates with Special Needs:

We are happy to accommodate our students with special needs. We request that graduates with special needs or limited mobility (wheelchairs, etc.) arrive on the ground floor 30 minutes before the ceremony start time. You can access the ground floor by using the elevator located near Gate D. We have reserved space for our graduates requiring special assistance in the first rows of the right-hand section of the arena, where you can access the stage via the ramp.

For graduates with limited mobility or who need special assistance during their time at the Yuengling Center, please register to attend, order your cap and gown, then contact disabilityservices@ultimatemedical.edu or call 888-333-1454 to provide more details regarding your needs on the day of Commencement.

Ceremony

The Commencement ceremonies will begin promptly at 9:00 am and 2:30 pm with the processional of UMA leadership and faculty. Graduates arriving late will be held and seated after the processional.

During the reading of graduate names, we ask graduates and their guests to be considerate in their applause and celebration so that all names are heard clearly and the ceremony is not disrupted.

We also ask that if you decide to attend the Commencement ceremony, you remain in your seat for the entire event. Only in rare instances will an usher allow a graduate to leave their seat. Please make post-Commencement plans with the understanding that you are expected to attend the ceremony in its entirety. The ceremony is approximately 2½ hours and we want to afford all graduating students and their families the same respect and honor.

Talking on the phone and texting is highly discouraged during the ceremony to avoid disturbing other graduates. Selfies are not allowed on stage. Please silence your phones.

Name Reading and Awarding of Degrees

The graduate must be in attendance and walk across the stage to have their name read at the ceremony. Names of all eligible graduates, in attendance or not, are printed in the program. Please note, your name will only be included in the program and on the Livestream name scroll for the ceremony in which you are eligible.

Graduates will rise one row of each section at a time to be presented with the diploma cover. The staff will direct the movement to the stage. People with special assistance needs will proceed first to the stage, toward the right-hand side where the accessibility ramp is located.

When it is your time to advance toward the stage, follow the other candidates closely and walk up to the stage. Present your card to the staff member and continue walking. Please do not stop as your name is being read. You will immediately be ushered to stand next to a leadership member who will present you with your diploma cover. Follow the instructions of staff to pose for a picture with leadership, and then proceed down the stage for two more pictures before returning to your seat.

The reading of the names will go quickly; please follow the instructions of the commencement staff.

Due to venue and ceremony time constraints, we are not able to read the names of graduates who are not in attendance in person at Commencement.

Guest seating

Guests are invited to sit in any area of the arena that is not designated as reserved for graduates or VIPs.

There is available seating for family members with limited mobility. Please ask a Yuengling Center representative to find the area.

Out of respect to the graduates, everyone should be seated 15 minutes before the ceremony starts.

Parking

All parking is complimentary.

Livestream

The Commencement ceremony will be streamed live over the Internet. So, if you or your family cannot join us in Tampa, you can still be a part of your special day! There is no cost to attend the virtual ceremony.

Yuengling Center

Things to Do in Tampa

2022 Virtual Commencement Graduate Events

Monday, May 23, 2022

Mix & Mingle – Online Faculty, Instructors and Program Directors

6:30pm – 8:30pm eastern time

Join us for a virtual Mix & Mingle to connect face to face with UMA Faculty members, Instructors and Program Directors. Attendees will be grouped by program.

RSVP: Graduates will receive an email with instructions on how to RSVP to attend.

Join us on Zoom:
Meeting ID: 935 3299 5326
Passcode: 134699
https://umanow.com/MM523

Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Mix & Mingle – Learner Services Team

6:30pm – 8:30pm eastern time

Meet with Learner Services in our virtual Mix & Mingle. You will have the chance to connect face to face in a small group setting with your Learner Services team, including your Learner Services Advisor, New Student Advisor, and Mock Interview Specialist who have been with you every step of the way on your UMA journey.

RSVP: Graduates will receive an email with instructions on how to RSVP to attend.

Join us on Zoom:
Meeting ID: 999 7362 5015
Passcode: 784001
https://umanow.com/MM524

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Mix & Mingle – Learner Services Team

6:30pm – 8:30pm eastern time

Meet with Learner Services in our virtual Mix & Mingle. You will have the chance to connect face to face in a small group setting with your Learner Services team, including your Learner Services Advisor, New Student Advisor, and Mock Interview Specialist who have been with you every step of the way on your UMA journey.

RSVP: Graduates will receive an email with instructions on how to RSVP to attend.

Join us on Zoom:
Meeting ID: 972 4151 3981
Passcode: 959222
https://umanow.com/MM525

Thursday, May 26, 2022

Mix & Mingle – Career Services Advisors

6:30pm – 8:30pm eastern time

Meet your Career Services advisor in our virtual Mix & Mingle. You will have the chance to connect face to face in a small group setting with your Career Services advisor who you have worked with for job placement. Graduates will be grouped by region.

RSVP: Graduates will receive an email with instructions on how to RSVP to attend.

Join us on Zoom:
Meeting ID: 910 9758 1788
Passcode: 496492
https://umanow.com/MM526

Thursday, May 26, 2022

Career & Continuing Education Fair

6:30pm – 8:30pm eastern time

Join us our Career & Continuing Education Virtual Fair where you'll have an opportunity to mingle with our Career Services Advisors to learn about employer partners who are currently hiring UMA graduates and catch up on the benefits our partner schools offer for those interested in continuing their higher education.

Register Here To Attend