The 2017 Commencement of New College of Florida was held Friday, May 26, on the College's Bayfront.


Commencement for 2018 graduates will be held at sunset, Friday, May 18, on the College’s historic Bayfront.

Commencement Speaker for 2018

Dr. Margee Ensign

Dr. Margee M. Ensign, president of Dickinson College, and a member of New College’s 1973 cohort, will be the keynote speaker at New College of Florida’s 2018 Commencement.

Ensign was appointed president of Dickinson in July 2017, after seven years as president of the American University of Nigeria. Her successes at AUN were tremendous: Overseeing the development of a sustainable campus and the continent’s leading digital library, establishing a graduate school and a law school, and bringing international leaders to AUN’s board.

Just as significant were her achievements in the community. In response to the Boko Haram insurgency crisis, she co-founded the Adamawa Peace Initiative in 2010. The coalition maintained peace through education, empowerment and community development, and fed more than 270,000 refugees who had fled the fighting.

In 2015, the Women of Jama’atu Nasril Islam in Nigeria recognized Ensign for her contributions to leadership, philanthropy and education of women and girls in northeast Nigeria. She has received many other awards for her leadership in education in Africa.

Ensign received both her master’s degree in political science and her Ph.D. in international politics and economics from the University of Maryland. She graduated from New College in 1976.

In an interview last year, she attributed her perspectives to “the influence of New College, which is so profound in my life.” We are thrilled to welcome her back to campus.

Ensign is also scheduled to receive an honorary degree at Commencement.


Thursday, May 17, 2018

4-6 p.m.: President’s reception for graduates, their family and faculty
College Hall

Friday, May 18, 2018

10 a.m.: Graduation Rehearsal (Mandatory)

11 a.m.: Alumni Toast

7 p.m.: Graduation Ceremony

Reception sponsored by the Student Academic Status Committee immediately following Commencement on the Bayfront.

Images from the 2017 Commencement:

View the 2017 Program


Graduation Announcements

Official announcements are available in the President’s Office – Cook Hall 204.

Each student will receive 10 announcements.

Cap and Gown

Academic apparel at Commencement is optional for faculty and students. If you would like to rent regalia, it is available through the Campus Bookstore. Please contact Melissa at the bookstore (941-355-5252 or for more information.

Photography and Video

GradImages will be photographing all graduates at the graduation ceremony. Proofs will be ready to view online as soon as 48 hours after the ceremony. In order to notify you when your images are available, GradImages sends emails and mails paper proofs, along with optional text message notifications.

Pre-registering is simply a way to make sure your contact information is up-to-date with GradImages, so they can provide your complimentary proofs as quickly as possible. You’ll save 20 percent off orders of $50 or more for your participation. To pre-register for your commencement proofs, please visit” After graduation, order online at or call 800-261-2576.

A video of the ceremony will also be available for purchase and download for $24.95. Get ordering information here.

For questions related to the graduation ceremony, please call 941-487-4100.

Where to stay, where to go

General Parking – As you approach campus, follow the signs directing you to the parking area near College Hall.

Parking attendants will greet and assist you. Handicap parking is available on request. There will also be golf carts circulating to assist with transportation to the graduation tent.

Maps and Directions

Coming to New College? We have maps and directions.

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There are many great hotels close to the New College campus.

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