Make-Up 2020 Ceremonies May 6-9, 2021 is Make-Up 2020
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Please know that our in-person Spring 2021 graduation weekend ceremonies will only occur if the threat of COVID-19 is overcome through the widespread administration of a vaccine. If that does not happen, we will postpone them.

All faculty, please return rental gowns and hoods to the UF bookstore during normal business hours.

Faculty Regalia

Faculty may wear their own regalia or rent regalia from the UF bookstore.

A faculty rental outfit will include a black robe and cap with an appropriately colored hood. To rent faculty regalia, you will fill out a rental request form and submit it by the deadline. The form will appear here in February.

Rented regalia can be picked up from the UF bookstore beginning April 19 through graduation weekend during the bookstore’s open hours. It should be returned by 5pm on Monday, May 3, 2020. 

For questions about regalia rental, contact the UF bookstore directly at:

Doctoral Ceremony Timeline

5:30pm - Arrive at Gate 4 of the Stephen C. O’Connell Center

The doors open at 12:30pm for doctoral graduates and their escorts. You’ll go through metal detectors, so be thoughtful about your pockets and/or purses.

Once inside the building, you’ll find the candidate(s) you’re escorting in your college’s line in the Volleyball Practice Court. Stand to the right of your candidate, ensure tassels are on the left. If you are serving as the escort of more than one candidate, stand to the right of the one who will cross the stage first.

6:30pm - Doctoral Candidate processional line will move toward the arena floor

College by college in alphabetical order, college lines will move out of the Volleyball Practice Court and onto the arena floor.

6:55pm-Platform Processional - Those who will be on the stage will enter the arena floor.

7pm-9pm (approximately) - Doctoral Commencement Ceremony

President Fuchs will preside over this ceremony. There will be a commencement address provided by a faculty member. Each candidate will be individually recognized alongside their escort while being hooded.

9pm (approximately) - Exiting the Exactech Arena in the Stephen C. O’Connell Center

Following the platform recessional, the new doctors will recess from the arena alongside their escorts.

Doctoral Escort Protocol
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. MOUNT STAIRS TO THE PLATFORM
    When prompted, climb to the top stair and wait until admitted to the platform.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. HOODING
    The hooding marshal stands left of the graduate; the escort to the right. Together, the hooding marshal and the escort hood the candidate.
  7. 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.
  8. PHOTOGRAPH
    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.
  9. RETURN TO SEAT
    Once the graduate's picture has been taken, graduate and escort walk back to their seats