Spring 2023 Commencement Information

Published: February 3rd, 2023

Category: Memos

Steph McBride, Director of Commencements


This spring, there will be two university-wide commencement ceremonies coordinated by the Provost’s Office –

  • The Doctoral Degree Ceremony on Thursday, May 4 at 9:00am (processional to begin at 8:40am) in the Stephen C. O’Connell Center
  • An all-degrees, all colleges ceremony on Friday, May 5 at 7:00pm in Ben Hill Griffin Stadium

Additionally, except for the Colleges of Dentistry, Pharmacy and Levin College of Law, each college will hold their own recognition ceremony at a designated time during the same weekend. Dates, times, and locations vary and can be found at: https://commencement.ufl.edu/spring/event-schedule/college-recognition-ceremonies/

Ordering Regalia

Regalia orders will be accepted through March 17 through this link: https://facultydirect.herffjones.com/site/welcome (note: a browser alternative to Chrome is recommended for this site). Payment is required when placing an order.

Formal academic regalia is required for all faculty members attending the university wide or doctoral commencement ceremony as a platform party member or as an escort and/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 Serving as Escorts and/or Hooders

Candidates for Doctor of Philosophy, Doctor of Education and Doctor of Plant Medicine degrees will invite a faculty member to serve as their escort who will also hood them.

Candidates for Doctor of Audiology, Doctor of Business Administration, Doctor of Nursing Practice, Doctor of Occupational Therapy, Doctor of Physical Therapy, Doctor of Musical Arts and Doctor of Athletic Training will be hooded by designated faculty members from that program.

Faculty designated as escorts and/or hooders will receive an e-mail from the Director of the Commencements with further details about responsibilities, assembly times and hooding instructions approximately one month prior to commencement. However, if you have a doctoral candidate scheduled to graduate during this semester, please order your regalia on or before the March 17 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. 

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