Date:                     September 30, 2008


To:                          University of Florida Graduate Faculty


From:                    Donna K. Stricker, Director, Presidential Events and Commencement    


Subject:               Fall 2008 Commencement Information


Ceremonies:  An Advanced Degree Ceremony (all colleges; all Ph.D., Ed.D., Aud.D., D.P.M., and Masters candidates) will be held at 4:00pm on Friday, December 19, 2008, in the O’Connell Center.  On Saturday, December 20, 2008, two undergraduate degree ceremonies, at 10:00am and 2:00pm, will also be held in the O’Connell Center.  Please refer to the Fall commencement schedule at for the college assignments.  Please note that the College of Pharmacy will have a separate ceremony on Saturday, December 20, 2008, at 10:00am at the HPNP Auditorium


Ordering Regalia: The deadline for ordering academic regalia is Wednesday, October 29, 2008.  Information on ordering regalia is available from the UF Bookstore (392-0194). Faculty regalia order forms are available on-line at  Payment is required when placing an order; this payment is refundable until Thursday, December 18, 2008.  Formal academic regalia is required for all faculty members attending commencement. 


Faculty Escorts: Candidates for the Doctor of Philosophy and Doctor of Education degrees will be assigned an official commencement escort.  Faculty designated as escorts will receive an email notification from the Office of the Provost with details about responsibilities and assembly times.  This notification is generally sent two weeks prior to commencement.  However, if you have a graduate student scheduled to graduate during the fall semester, please order your regalia on or before the October 29, 2008 deadline.


Thank you.