University of Florida making changes to Fall 2019 commencement

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB)-- The University of Florida is making some changes to their commencement ceremony for their Fall 2019 class.

In a statement, the University says that they will be holding three master's and bachelor's commencement ceremonies in the Exactech Arena at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center on December 13 and 14, in which they will individually recognize students.

This is a change from this most recent commencement ceremony, which combined all schools and held a single, campus-wide commencement ceremony at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium and did not call out individual student's names.

The next ceremony, which will be for the Spring 2018 class in May, will follow the same schedule as last year's, with one group commencement with individual students recognized at separate ceremonies held by each college.

UF graduate student Anthony Rojas hopes the upcoming ceremony will be the last one happening in the stadium.

“If turnout is not better in the spring commencement, I don’t see a reason why we should continue ben hill griffin ceremonies," Rojas said. "If no one is showing up and no one is going, is it really that great of a ceremony?”

The reason they say they are changing the format for the Fall 2019 commencement is because of the small class size of the class and "survey feedback".

“I think a lot of people are going to voice that they feel its unnecessary to divide it into two days," Rojas said. "They feel it just complicates things. The weather is really unpredictable in Gainesville. There’s no reason to have an outdoor ceremony when you can have an indoor one."

You can find a link to the schedule in the link below.