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March 9, 2020


All Graduate Associate Deans, Coordinators, Faculty, and Staff


Steph McBride
Director of Commencements


Spring 2020 Commencement Information



This spring, commencement continues with our new model.

There will be two university-wide commencement ceremonies coordinated by the Provost’s Office -- a Doctoral Degree Ceremony on Thursday, April 30 at 7:00pm (processional to begin at 6:30pm) in the Stephen C. O’Connell Center, and an all-degrees ceremony on Friday, May 1 at 7:00pm in Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.

Additionally, except for the Colleges of Dentistry, Pharmacy and Law, each college will hold their own recognition ceremony at a designated time over the extended weekend. Dates, times and locations vary and can be found at

Ordering Regalia

Regalia orders will be accepted through March 11, 2020. Information on ordering regalia is available from the UF Bookstore (392-0194). An order form can be found at in the “Doctoral Escorts” section here: . Payment is required when placing an order. Formal academic regalia is required for all faculty members attending the university-wide commencement ceremonies as a platform party member or as an escort or hooding faculty member for doctoral degree candidates. Colleges will determine whether participating faculty will be required to wear regalia at their recognition ceremonies.

Faculty Escorts

Candidates for Doctor of Philosophy, Doctor of Education, Doctor of Nursing Practice, Doctor of Plant Medicine degrees will request an official commencement escort, usually their advisor or a member of their committee. Candidates for Doctor of Audiology, Doctor of Business Administration, and Doctor of Physical Therapy will be hooded by designated faculty members of that program. Faculty designated as escorts or hooders will receive an e-mail from the Office of the Provost with further details about responsibilities, assembly times and hooding instructions. This e-mail is generally sent two weeks prior to commencement. However, if you have a graduate student scheduled to graduate during this semester, please order your regalia on or before the March 11, 2020 deadline.

Marshal Robes

Faculty members serving as a marshal at the university-wide ceremonies do NOT need to order academic regalia – a marshal robe is provided to all marshals, free of charge, for use at the university-wide commencement ceremonies.


Please email Steph McBride, Director of Commencements ([log in to unmask]).