Due to COVID-19, mentors and dissertation chairs will not escort their candidates nor hood their candidates on stage. They are, however, invited to attend the ceremony in a special escort seating area of the ceremony to watch their candidates cross the stage. A reserved area of seating in sections 121, 123 and 223 will be set aside. Invited escorts will be provided with an escort pass by the Director of Commencements. Regalia is encouraged, but not required. Entry is through Gate 4, doors open at 8am.