Please assemble with your candidate in the O'Connell Center according to the time
stated in the letter you receive, which is 30 minutes prior to the processional and 60 minutes prior to
the start of the formal ceremony.
Enter the stadium through Gate 4, then proceed to the Volleyball Practice Court.
Look for the placard identifying your candidate's degree.
Commencement marshals will direct you to your place for the processional, which
generally starts 30 minutes before the ceremony.
All escorts and candidates will form two rows: You will stand to the right of the
Once the processional begins, escorts and candidates turn in the same direction and
enter the row of seats designated by the marshal. You will be seated to the right of the degree
When the candidates are asked to stand, you will remain seated. After the doctoral
candidates have had their degrees conferred, they will remain standing. The faculty escort accompanies
each doctoral degree candidate to the stage and assists with hooding.
Upon reaching the top of the steps, candidates will hand their name cards to the
presiding official to have their names read individually.
Candidates (followed by their faculty escorts) will cross the stage to shake hands
with the dean of the graduate school. Then the graduate and escort walk together down the steps and the
center aisle to return to their seats.
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 will be joined by their escorts when the doctoral
candidates are called forward.
Please confirm that your candidate has made arrangements at the UF Bookstore
(352-392-0194) for a cap, gown and hood. Doctoral candidates who have purchased their hoods will bring
them to the ceremony. Rental hoods will be delivered to the stadium.