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
All escorts and candidates will form two rows: You will stand
to the right of the degree candidate.
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
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
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