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Preparing for Graduation: A Doctoral Hooding How-To

First Things First: Time + Place


The December commencement ceremony will be held on Friday December, 17th at 11:00am at the Island Federal Credit Union Arena. At this ceremony, Doctoral, Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees will be conferred. No ceremonies are held in August.

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



andidates who have completed the Ceremony Registration Form (CRF) by Friday, December 3rd will receive an email to their Stony Brook University email account on Monday, December 6th with access to the Online Ticket Portal. All Candidates will receive two Guest Tickets to the ceremony at that time. Due to capacity restrictions and the graduation class size, there will be no extra tickets distributed. *Children under 2 do not require a ticket.

Please be sure to complete the Ceremony Registration Form to ensure that you receive ticket information and instructions.  Ticket holders must present a printed ticket to be scanned for entry. Tickets are unique by barcode and admit one. Duplicate tickets will not scan and will not provide entry into the Ceremony. Violations are subject to disciplinary action.
For guests who do not have tickets or who are unable to attend, the ceremony will be live streamed and a recording of the ceremony will be posted on the Commencement website following the event.

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 May 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.