Hooding Instructions

All participants in the ceremony wear a university-approved cap and gown, which can be reserved from the University Bookstore by the deadline.

I have rented my regalia from the bookstore

Doctoral candidates who use rented regalia do not have to carry their hoods into the venue. The hoods are delivered by the UF Bookstore to all locations and are already on the platform.

I am bringing my own hood to the ceremony

Candidates who may have purchased or own a hood need to follow the instructions below for carrying the hood into the arena. Make sure the tie cord is unhooked. The tie cord is located at the narrow end of the hood and is a short cord that attaches to a button. If the cord is fastened, it is extremely difficult to lower the hood over the head and place it on the candidate's shoulders.

Hood Preparation and Position

Hold the hood in both hands with the velvet edge to the right.

Fold the hood once the long way.

Drape the folded hood over the left arm, narrow (neck) end in front, velvet edging on the right. That is the way it is to be carried onto the platform for the hooding.

The Hooding Procedure


Move to the platform

After the degree has been conferred and at the marshal's signal, the faculty escort stands with the graduate. Both file out of the seat row and line up, side by side, to move to the platform. The graduate is on the left, the escort on the right.


Move to the scanning station

After graduate and escort reach the scanning station, the graduate gives the name scanning card to the marshal at the scanning station. The marshal scans the card and returns it to the graduate


Mount stairs to the platform

When prompted, climb to the top stair and wait until admitted to the platform.


Move to the reader station

Graduate and escort move toward the reader station. Upon being prompted, the graduate hands their card to the reader marshal's assistant.


Move forward for hooding

Upon being prompted, both the graduate and escort move up to the hooding line as their names are read over the public address system. The hooding line begins at the center rear of the stage in front of the state seal.



The hooding marshal stands left of the graduate; the escort to the right. Together, the hooding marshal and the escort hood the candidate.


Shake hands

After being hooded, the graduate and the escort move left across the stage, and the graduate shakes hands with various officials. In the case of a faculty escort with multiple graduates, the escort accompanies the final graduate across the stage. Only the graduate shakes hands, not the escort.



After all hands have been shaken and the stage crossed, graduate and escort go down the exit stairs to the arena floor. Immediately adjacent to the exit side of the platform is the photography station, and the graduate gets in line for a picture.


Return to seat

Once the graduate's picture has been taken, graduate and escort walk back to their seats.

Additional information for 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 will be joined by their escorts when the doctoral candidates are called forward.