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Preparing for Graduation: A Doctoral Hooding How-To

First Things First: Time + Place


The Doctoral Hooding Ceremony will be held on Wednesday May 18th at 4:30pm at the Island Federal Credit Union Arena. At this ceremony Doctoral degrees will be conferred. 

Visit Conferences & Special Events' Commencement website for current dates and times.



Tickets are not required for the Doctoral Hooding Ceremony on Wednesday May 18th. You must complete the Ceremony Registration Form to confirm your attendance at the ceremony. If you have not received this form, please email

Please note - All Commencement ceremonies will be live streamed and accessed here -

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.

The Doctoral Hooding Stance


So there's technique involved in getting hooded. If you are taller than your advisor – 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 advisor’s chin, or shoulders. For a video of the 2019 Doctoral Hooding and Graduation Ceremony, please click here .

Ad Finem


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.)


A live webcast of the December Commencement Ceremony will be available at

Closed captioning will be available during the ceremony and accessible from any smart device by accessing:

Questions? Concerns? Please visit the Conferences and Special Events Website.