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.
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.
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.