Assembly and Processional

Assembly Summer 2017

It is important to be on time and dressed in your regalia when you arrive at the venue. Do not be late, as candidates who arrive late must march at the end of the procession and will be seated on the back row. For the individual recognition part of the ceremony, candidates who have arrived late will cross the stage with their college and return to their back-row seats. They will not be the last graduates to walk across the stage. Refer to the commencement schedule for the location and time of your ceremony.

The Processional and Recessional

The processional begins when the marshals lead the candidates into the venue indicated in the schedule. Sit down when you get to your seat and remain seated until the marshals ask you to stand for the entrance of the platform party. Remain standing until after the singing of the National Anthem.

The Conferral of Degrees

Degrees will be conferred in this order:

  1. Doctor of Philosophy
  2. Doctor of Education
  3. Doctor of Business Administration
  4. Doctor of Audiology
  5. Doctor of Plant Medicine
  6. Doctor of Physical Therapy
  7. Doctor of Nursing Practice
  8. Doctor of Pharmacy
  9. Master's and Specialist
  10. Bachelor's

Doctoral Degree Candidates

Candidates for the Doctor of Philosophy, Doctor of Education and Doctor of Plant Medicine have a faculty escort who accompanies the graduate to the stage and back. Candidates whose escorts do not show up or who, for any other reason, do not have an escort are to immediately notify the marshals in the venue. When entering the venue, doctoral candidates and escorts proceed side by side with candidates walking on the left and escorts on the right. When the candidates are asked to stand, the faculty escorts remain seated.

Doctor of Audiology, Doctor of Physical Therapy, Doctor of Pharmacy, and Doctor of Nursing Practice candidates do not have escorts. These candidates enter the venue in single file order.

Advanced Degree Candidates

The presiding official recognizes advanced degree candidates as a group. After the group recognition, candidates are invited as a group to the stage for individual recognition. Marshals lead these groups to the stage. At the top of the steps, give your name scanning card to the marshal.

Undergraduate Degree Candidates

All candidates for bachelor's degrees will be presented as a group. When instructed, please move your tassel from right to left. Watch for the marshal's signal to indicate when your row is to stand and proceed single file to the stage. Give your name scanning card to the marshal when you reach the top of the steps so you can be recognized individually.

Information for Faculty and Staff

We look forward to your participation in this very special time for the UF community, graduating students, their families and friends.

Escorting the Doctoral Candidate

A faculty escort with more than one candidate walks to the right of the first candidate. Other candidates follow. If there is an even number of additional candidates, all walk in pairs; if an odd number, the final candidate follows single file.

If a doctoral candidate has more than one faculty escort, the second escort follows the first.

Escorts who are also Marshals are not able to accompany their candidates into the arena. These candidates should enter the arena single file and joined by their escorts when the doctoral candidates are called forward.