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Participating in the Hooding Ceremony

Before the Ceremony

  • 1. Apply for Graduation

    1. Apply for Graduation

    An application for graduation must be submitted prior to walking in the commencement and hooding ceremonies. For steps to applying for graduation, visit the Graduation & Degree Services. For additional steps required for participating in the hooding ceremony, visit the Graduation and Beyond section of the Graduate School website.

  • 2. RSVP for the Hooding Ceremony

    2. RSVP for the Hooding Ceremony

    Once an application for graduation is submitted, you will need to RSVP for the hooding ceremony. This is an important step to assure seats are available for all advanced degree candidates.

  • 3. Purchase Regalia

    3. Purchase Regalia

    Cap, gown and tassel are required to participate in commencement. A hood is also required for master's degree candidates participating in the hooding and commencement ceremonies. This regalia is available for purchase from the Campus Bookstore, during and after Grad Fair March 22-23, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

    Guest tickets are not required for the hooding ceremony. Guest tickets are required for the spring commencement ceremony only.

Day of Ceremony

  • 4. Attend registration

    4. Attend registration

    Graduates should arrive in the lobby of the Professional Studies Building (PSB) at 2 p.m. for registration. Here you will pick up your "reader card" which you will hand to the person who will read your name as you enter the stage to receive your hood. You will also receive a room assignment to prepare for the ceremony with other candidates from your college.

    Registration is for degree candidates only. Doors to the auditorium will open for family and friends at 2:30 p.m.

  • 5. Processional

    5. Processional

    At 2:45 p.m. volunteers will begin to line up each college for the processional. Degree candidates will be led into the Wendy Williamson Auditorium by an alumni volunteer and seated in the first rows of the auditorium.

  • 6. Ceremony

    6. Ceremony

    After introductions, the provost and chancellor's address, candidates will participate in the ceremonial hooding. Doctoral degree candidates are seated on stage and will be hooded first by the dean of the graduate school and their advisor. Following the hooding of the doctoral degree candidates, each college will be called to line up to be hooded. Hooding will be performed by the dean of the graduate school and your college dean. Once hooded, proceed across stage and return to your seat in the auditorium.

  • 7. Recessional

    7. Recessional

    Once every candidate has been hooded, the dean of the graduate school will close the ceremony and volunteers will lead you out of the auditorium and through the faculty honor aisle.

  • 8. Reception

    8. Reception

    Degree candidates and their families are invited to join graduate program faculty and administration for a small reception following the ceremony.

Additional Information

  • Doors to the auditorium will open for guests at 2:30 p.m.
  • Tickets are not required for guests attending the hooding ceremony.
  • Coat/bag check will be provided for any personal items you'd like to leave backstage during the ceremony.
  • If you have purchased or been awarded a cord, medallion or sash from an honor society related to your field, do not wear it to the hooding ceremony. The focus of this ceremony is the graduate hood and cords can detract from the placement of the hood. These items may be worn at the commencement ceremony only.
  • Decorated caps are not permitted at the hooding ceremony.
  • Please arrange for family or friends to care for children or infants in the audience during the ceremony as they will not be permitted to accompany you during the processional and ceremony for safety and logistical reasons.