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Doctoral Hooding Event Details

Empty stage at Foellinger Great Hall

Friday, May 13, 2022
Begins at 11:00 a.m.
State Farm Center

The Ceremony

This ceremony offers doctoral degree recipients, along with faculty mentors, a special opportunity to celebrate their achievement in a university-wide setting. The ceremony will include comments from campus leaders, and deans from each college and school will be present to congratulate students on their achievements. The focus of the ceremony is the formal "hooding" of doctoral degree recipients, often by faculty advisers.

The event will be livestreamed for family and friends who are unable to attend the ceremony in person at https://go.illinois.edu/hooding-live.

Registration
Registration for the May 2022 Doctoral Hooding Ceremony is now closed. If you have any questions about registration, contact the Graduate College at gradsuccess@illinois.edu.

Parking

Parking at the State Farm Center is free for the ceremony. There are four corner lots (Northwest, Northeast, Southwest, and Southeast) next to the arena and additional parking available in lot E-14 (across First Street from the West Side entrance). View a map of the State Farm Center parking lots here.

Guest Entry

Doors will open for guests at 10:00 a.m. Guests may enter the State Farm Center at either circle drive on the West (First Street) or East (Fourth Street) side. Guest drop-off is available at either circle drive on the West (First Street) or East (Fourth Street) side of the building. Parking is not permitted at these drop-off locations. The ceremony is open to the public and tickets are not required for entry. Metal detectors will be in place at all entrances but cameras are allowed. Guests should review the Clear Bag Policy which will be enforced.

Accessible Seating

If your guest requires accessible seating, there will be ushers available at all entrances that can help guide them to the appropriate sections. More information can be found on the State Farm Center's website.

COVID-19 SAFETY PROTOCOLS

Current COVID-19 guidelines for University events do not require that attendees show proof of a negative COVID-19 test or a COVID-19 vaccination record to attend. Face coverings will not be required indoors or outdoors at Commencement Weekend ceremonies. Any updates to this guidance will be e-mailed to graduates and shared on the university's COVID-19 Event Guidance website. Commencement will be livestreamed for individuals who are unable to attend in person.