Commencement 2020 is postponed. For more information, please read the full announcement from President Stenger.

The Doctoral Hooding ceremony is designed to give individual recognition to the doctoral candidate and his/her faculty advisor. Hooding will take place at the Graduate Ceremony.

Faculty who plan to attend this ceremony to hood a doctoral student must fill out the Faculty and Administrator Participation Form.

If you are not available to hood your student at the ceremony, you may designate someone from your department. Any student without an advisor or designee present will be hooded by the Dean of the Graduate School.

Step-by-step instructions:

  1. While waiting to ascend to the platform, stand in front of the candidate so that you (the faculty member) go up the stairs first.
  2. As soon as the person in front of you in the line is hooded, walk across the platform, stop just past the dean of the Graduate School and face the audience.
  3. While that is happening, the candidate hands his/her name card to the reader and then walks over to you, stopping in front of the dean of the Graduate School. Face the audience!
  4. The dean of the Graduate School places the hood over the candidate’s head from behind, and straightens the tail of the hood.
  5. The faculty member may choose to assist with placing the hood over the candidate's head. If so, make sure not to stand in front of the candidate. This blocks the view of the photographer and the audience.
  6. Immediately after the hooding, it is appropriate for the faculty member to shake the candidate's hand (or hug, if you are so inclined).
  7. Faculty member walks immediately past the president, down the steps and heads back into the line to be seated.
  8. The candidate immediately walks to the president, shakes hands, receives a diploma cover, continues across the platform and down the steps where they will have a professional photograph taken, and then return to their seat.