Academic Regalia

All participants in the ceremony wear a university-approved cap and gown, which can be reserved from the University Bookstore by the deadline.

All Ph.D., Au.D., D.P.M., D.P.T. and Ed.D. candidates who plan to participate in the doctoral ceremony will wear a special UF blue regalia. All other degree candidates have black gowns. Candidates for advanced degrees also wear hoods. Candidates receiving these degrees (undergraduate, master's, specialist, engineer) pick up their caps, gowns and hoods (if applicable) at the bookstore and wear them to the ceremony. Doctoral degree candidates (Ph.D., Au.D., D.P.M., D.P.T., Ed.D) will not receive their hoods when they pick up their regalia. These hoods are delivered by the bookstore to the commencement location so that doctoral candidates can be hooded during the ceremony when they cross the stage. Candidates for the D.N.P. and PharmD degrees will pick up their hoods with their regalia at the University Bookstore.

Ordering and Picking Up Regalia

You must provide your height, weight and gender when you place your order no later than the published deadline at the University Bookstore. The rental fee is due when the order is placed, and it is refundable by the deadline. The Bookstore requires that you present your Gator1 ID card when you pick up your order. Someone else can collect your regalia if he/she provides your Gator1 card.

Purchasing Honors Cords

Undergraduate degree candidates may purchase honors cords to recognize their graduation with honors. Three honors distinctions are available: cum laude (with honors - $14.00), magna cum laude (with high honors - $28.00) or summa cum laude (with highest honors - $42.00). Prices do not include applicable sales tax. The cords, which are optional, can be purchased at the University of Florida Bookstore. You can purchase cords only for the level of honors recommended by your college and provided to the bookstore. If your honors status changes to a higher level at final degree certification, you can return to the bookstore by the deadline to purchase additional cords.


Tassel colors are specific to your college. A complimentary tassel is provided with your cap and gown. Information on the placement of the tassel on the mortarboard is included in the commencement instructions.

Returning Regalia

Academic regalia must be returned to the University Bookstore after the ceremony and no later than the deadline. Failure to return the regalia by the deadline results in a late fee of $5 per day, with a $25 maximum late fee.

Information for Faculty and Staff

We look forward to your participation in this very special time for the UF community, graduating students, their families and friends.

Escorting the Doctoral Candidate

A faculty escort with more than one candidate walks to the right of the first candidate. Other candidates follow. If there is an even number of additional candidates, all walk in pairs; if an odd number, the final candidate follows single file.

If a doctoral candidate has more than one faculty escort, the second escort follows the first.

Escorts who are also Marshals are not able to accompany their candidates into the arena. These candidates should enter the arena single file and joined by their escorts when the doctoral candidates are called forward.