2020 Commencement

Congratulations to the graduating class of 2020!

Commence Day Schedule

New World School of the Arts College Commencement Ceremony (virtual) will be held Tuesday, May 26, 2020 at 2pm on the Web (link to be announced).

Students and families will be able to participate via Live Chat which will be available during the ceremony. NWSA reserves the right to remove any inappropriate, negative, or unrelated messages from the feed at its sole discretion.

What is a virtual ceremony?
A virtual ceremony has many of the same components as a live ceremony. In exchange for walking across the stage to accept your diploma, we create a slide with your photo, degree, honor distinctions, and any personalized messages you provide. The event will also feature additional entertaining footage. Students will be able to view and share the link to the ceremony with friends and family following the ceremony.

ADA Accessibility at the Ceremony
Closed captioning will be available.

A link will be provided to view the graduation program online. Physical copies will be mailed to your address on file at UF as keepsakes.

Want your celebratory pictures and messages shared during the ceremony? Use the hashtag #NWSA2020. You can also share the event information with anyone you would like to tune in.

Students who have completed all program requirements by Spring 2018 must log into Gatorlink and complete an application to graduate.

The deadline to apply for Graduation of Spring 2020, Friday, January 31, 2019.


  • Access “Student Self Service”
  • Select “My Record” from My Online Services column on left side of screen
  • Select “Certificate/ Degree Application”

If you are graduating Summer or Fall 2020 you do not need to apply now.

The link is: https://login.ufl.edu/idp/Authn/UserPassword

Enter the user name and password and complete the application.

In addition, Visual Arts students that have completed all five art history courses (two at MDC and three at UF) can go on line and add a minor in art history. This form must be printed, completed, and brought to the office of Student Services. Here is the link:


Any New World School of the Arts student with a 3.4 or above will automatically graduate with honors. Any student with a 3.75 or above can complete additional work and graduate with highest honors. See attached link for details. Make sure your dean approves your project before you begin working on it. The deadline for the honors project is Wednesday, April 22, 2020.


Your graduation file will be reviewed in the next few weeks. You will be notified of any discrepancies.


Students will pick up caps and gowns, and honorary regalia via drive-up service at Bldg 5, 25 NE 2nd Street on Thursday, May 7th from 10am-12pm.

There is no cost for the cap, gown and tassels. They are yours to keep.

Distribution Date: Thursday, May 7th from 10am-12pm
Bldg 5, 25 NE 2nd Street

Tickets are not required for guests to attend the commencement ceremony.

Honorary Regalia

Honorary regalia will be available for pick up on the day of commencement.

Honor Graduates UF Honor cords are available for sale (while supplies last) for $10 during drive-up service, Thursday, May 7th. Students may pay with cash or pay using CashApp - $NWSA. The gold honor cords are free of charge.

Cum Laude
3.4 GPA all divisions

Magna Cum Laude
3.75 all divisions

Summa Cum Laude
Music and Visual Arts 3.90 GPA
Theater and Dance 3.75 GPA

Special Needs and Individuals with Disabilities

Closed captioning will be available.


If you are a Spring 2020 graduate, the University of Florida will mail your diploma in approximately six (6) weeks.

Please access your account by logging onto ONE.UF.EDU to verify that your mailing address is correct, and that you have completed a financial aid exit interview, if applicable. Your diploma will be mailed to the current address in the UF system.

A transcript will be available upon request after the graduation date is posted.