Student Regalia and Name Card

Academic Regalia

Candidates for graduation must wear university-approved caps and gowns, which can be ordered from the UF Bookstore.

Why is a Name Card Important?

One of the biggest highlights of commencement is being recognized by the platform party as your name is read aloud as you walk across the stage. The Name Card provides your name information for individual recognition.

Please complete the front and back of the name scanning card received with your regalia from the bookstore before arriving at your graduation ceremony. You will retain this card until you are ready to be individually recognized at this ceremony.

Name Pronunciation

Your name as it appears on the Name-Scanning Card will be read over the public address system at the ceremony. Therefore, in many cases, an indication of how to pronounce the graduate names should be included.


When Pronunciation Guidance
Is Not Needed

With names such as Katherine Stoneham or John Robinson, for example, there is no need to provide pronunciation help on the name card if the names are to be pronounced as a native American English speaker would normally pronounce them.

When Pronunciation Guidance Is Needed

With a name that varies in any way from the norm, in either pronunciation or spelling, the card must include how-to-say-it guidance. For example, if the name is Katherine Stoneham but the pronunciation is kat-uh-REE-nuh STOW-nuh-hahm, then pronunciation guidance should be noted on the name card.

Examples For Providing
Pronunciation Guidance

  • Treise Bettelheim (trees BAY-tull-hime)
  • Pandit Rathmasuthragandi (PAHN-deet rath-muh-sooth-ruh-GAHN-dee)
  • Tchien Tang (she-YEN TAHNG)
  • Ravi Patel (RAH-vee pah-TELL)
  • Myrstslv Yvtushnko (meer-ISS-ta-slahv iv-too-SHIN-kow)

Doctoral Degrees

Doctoral regalia is rented from the UF bookstore. All Ph.D., Au.D., D.B.A., D.P.M., D.P.T. and Ed.D. candidates wear special UF blue regalia, including a tam and robe. Doctoral Degree candidates will not receive their hoods when they pick up their regalia. Ph.D., Au.D., D.B.A., D.P.M., D.P.T., and Ed.D. hoods are delivered by the UF bookstore to the commencement location so that doctoral candidates can be hooded during the ceremony when they cross the stage; candidates for D.N.P. and PharmD degrees will pick up their hoods with their regalia at the UF bookstore. Candidates should wear their regalia, with the exception of their hood, to the ceremony.

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.