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Doctoral Hooding Ceremony

Doctoral Hooding

Congratulations Graduates!



The December 2018 Doctoral Hooding Ceremony took place on Saturday, December 15 from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. in Foellinger Great Hall in the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. If you have trouble viewing this video, please view it in Illinois Media Space.


The Graduate College is honored to organize this ceremony to offer doctoral degree recipients, along with faculty mentors, an opportunity to celebrate their achievement. A doctoral degree represents the culmination of years of commitment, dedication, and work.

The ceremonial hooding of doctoral degree recipients recognizes their academic achievements and welcomes them into the community of scholars. During the ceremony, the hood with designs that indicate the degree and institution is placed over the student’s head, often by their faculty mentor or another mentor with a doctoral degree.

We hope that you’ll join us for the Doctoral Hooding Ceremony to celebrate of all that you’ve accomplished, surrounded by the family, friends, and colleagues who helped you succeed. We look forward to seeing you there.

Watch for details for the Spring 2019 Hooding Ceremony

See recordings of past ceremonies.