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LAKELAND, Fla.– After a year filled with unprecedented challenges due to COVID-19, Florida Polytechnic University is getting ready to celebrate its spring commencement for two graduating classes. More than 300 hundred undergraduate and graduate students from the classes of 2020 and 2021 will receive their degrees in an in-person ceremony held outdoors. The event will follow current CDC recommendations and University policies and procedures. The University’s 2020 commencement ceremony was canceled due to COVID-19 restrictions.

  • WHEN: Sunday, May 2, 2021. Ceremony starts at 10:30 a.m.
  • WHERE: Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium, 2301 Lakeland Hills Blvd, Lakeland, FL 33805
  • WHO: Graduates from the classes of 2020 and 2021 will celebrate together as they receive their degrees.

The commencement speaker will be renowned Florida entrepreneur Tom E. Wallace. He is a 40-year veteran of technology startups and managing partner at Florida Funders, a Florida-focused investor network and online investing platform based in Tampa.

The ceremony will also feature two student speakers, one for each class of 2020 and 2021.  

EDITORS/PRODUCERS: To ensure access and space, please RSVP by Saturday, May 1 at 5 p.m. to Lydia Guzmán at or call 863-874-8557 (office), 863-327-9762 (cell). Thank you!

Every person attending commencement is expected to accept personal responsibility for their actions by following all current CDC recommendations. Guidance from the U.S Center for Disease Control (CDC) continues to emphasize that everyone must follow all steps to protect themselves and others from COVID-19 at all times. This includes proper use of face masks, social distancing, and personal hygiene. It is important to note that CDC guidance is based on what is currently known about COVID-19 and its variants.

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