Guest Information

Graduation is a joyous and special occasion. It is a time for celebration and merriment. However, please be mindful that Commencement is a formal University function. You are requested to maintain the order and solemnity of the proceedings. It is a courtesy we owe each other and our guests.

Commencement Etiquette
The Commencement ceremony is a formal academic ceremony. We ask that all guests respect the ceremony, seniors and other guests by behaving in a dignified manner. In keeping with decorum and the Florida Memorial University tradition, we ask that guests adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Plan to arrive early and allow ample time to find parking and seating.
  • Confetti, balloons and noisemakers are not permitted in the facility.
  • Rude and disruptive behavior will not be permitted. Security personnel will be on-site to enforce these restrictions.
  • Please start your day with a hearty meal in preparation for several hours with limited options.
  • Cellular phones should be turned off, on vibrate, or to their silent modes.
  • During the reading of the seniors’ names, guests are asked to be considerate in their applause so that all names are clearly heard and ceremony audio taping is not disrupted.
  • Please remain in your seats for the duration of the ceremony, which includes the recessional. Please do not block the aisles or passageways by attempting to greet or take photos with graduates.

University Address and Directions

15800 N.W. 42nd Ave
Miami Gardens, FL 33054

From the North, take I-95 South to SR 826 West (Palmetto Expressway). Exit at NW 37th Avenue. Stay on access road to NW 42nd Avenue (LeJeune Road). Turn left; proceed one-half mile to campus entrance on right.

Turnpike from the North, exit at Golden Glades, onto SR 826 West and proceed as above.
I-95 from the North, take SR 826 West and proceed as above.

From the South, take SR 826 (Palmetto Expressway) north to NW 47th Avenue exit. Stay on access to NW 42nd Avenue, turn right, and then proceed one-half mile to campus entrance on right.

Florida Memorial University is located north of the Opa-Locka Airport and south of the Palmetto Expressway.


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