Preparing for Graduation 2017: A Doctoral Hooding How-To
First Things First: Time + Place
The May 2017 Doctoral Hooding Ceremony is at 1:00 pm on Thursday, May 18, 2017. Check
in begins at 12:00 pm in the Pritchard Gymnasium. The arena doors open at the same
time so, while you and your adviser line up, your guests can scope out seats in the
If your family wants more information, see Appendix A.
Tickets are not required for the Doctoral Hooding Ceremony. However, tickets are required
to attend the Main Commencement Ceremony on Friday, May 19. Attendance should be indicated
on the ceremony registration form, which is available on SOLAR through midnight on
Monday, May 1.
A live webcast of both the Doctoral Hooding and Main Commencement Ceremonies will be available at http://www.stonybrook.edu/live.
Questions? Concerns? We’ll have volunteers on hand to answer questions.
Tassel on the Left
The tassel goes to the left of the mortarboard and stays there for the entire ceremony. Easy!
Hood on the Left, Too
For ease and elegance, ALSO drape the hood over your left arm until it’s time to hand it over to your adviser. In sum, hood on left arm, tassel on left side of head. Right hand: free for bulletin carrying, celebratory high-fives, and autograph signing.
The Hood Carry in Action
The Doctoral Hooding Stance
So there's technique involved in getting hooded. If you are taller than your adviser – or even about the same height – you must assume the proper doctoral hooding stance to ensure a quick, foible-free hooding: stand with your feet about shoulder-width apart and bend your knees, keeping your back straight. The top of your head should be level with your adviser’s chin, or shoulders.
The Doctoral Hooding Stance, Continued
An example of perfect technique. Her mortarboard makes it through entirely unscathed.
The Doctoral Hooding Stance, in Conclusion
If it helps, simply imagine your adviser as Robby the Robot, or T-Rex.
After you receive your hood and make it through the recessional, that’s it! You will be officially graduated -- and a doctor! (Disclaimer: Your diploma will be mailed to you 4-6 weeks after the Graduate School clears your record.)