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Doctoral Hooding Event Details

Empty stage at Foellinger Great Hall

Saturday, December 11, 2021
10:00 a.m. to noon
Foellinger Great Hall in the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts

Your doctoral degree represents the culmination of years of commitment, dedication, and work. We hope that you’ll join us to celebrate all that you’ve accomplished, surrounded by the family, friends, and colleagues who helped you succeed.

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. Livestreaming details will be added closer to the event.


Doctoral students (PhD, EdD, JSD, DMA and AudD) are eligible to participate in the Doctoral Hooding Ceremony if they will finish the degree requirements for December 2021 or graduated in August 2021. Participants must have deposited their dissertations in the Graduate College Thesis Office by the December doctoral deposit deadline in order to participate in the ceremony.


We are no longer taking registrations for the December 2021 ceremony. If you have any questions about your registration, contact the Graduate College at


Most university lots, including the garages located beneath the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, do not require permits on Saturdays. However, please note that some spaces may be labeled as reserved 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and these spaces require a permit at all times.

Designate a Hooder

Students will be asked to designate a hooder during the registration process. This person is often the student's adviser, another faculty member, or perhaps a family member. This person must have an earned doctorate. Please confirm that this person is willing to participate before completing the registration form. Students who have not designated a hooder will be hooded by a member of the platform party.


In order to accommodate all participants, graduates are allowed up to 4 guest tickets. Graduates and hooding faculty do not need tickets. Requests for additional tickets can be made during registration and will be accommodated as space is available. The event will be livestreamed for family and friends who are unable to attend the ceremony in person.

Guest tickets will be available for pickup at the Graduate College, located at 507 E. Green St., from December 6 through December 10. Building hours are 9:00 am to 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm. Tickets can also be picked up the day of the event at the Krannert Center for Performing Arts. You will need to show your confirmation e-mail to pick up your tickets.


Your experience at this event is important to us. If you, your hooder or your guest(s) require an accommodation, please specify those needs on the registration page under the optional information heading. Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time to meet your needs.

Student Regalia

Academic attire is required for participation in the ceremony. Regalia can be ordered online through Herff Jones. Rental regalia can be ordered at a discounted rate until November 16 and at the regular rate until November 27. You may also purchase regalia (not required). You can inquire about discount codes for purchasing regalia for the December 2021 ceremony by emailing All regalia will be mailed to the address provided during the ordering process.

Faculty Regalia

Faculty who are designated as a hooder will be emailed information about the ceremony including how to confirm their participation and order their rental regalia.

Graduating this semester?

Find everything you need to know and important deadlines on our Countdown to Completion page.


  • All attendees of the Doctoral Hooding Ceremony are required to wear face coverings at all times while inside the Krannert Center for Performing Arts.
  • The only individuals who will not be wearing face coverings for a period of time will be those speaking at a podium on the stage.
  • Attendees who refuse to wear a face covering will be directed to watch a livesream of the event on the outdoor patio.
  • Students who refuse to wear a face covering will not be allowed to participate in the ceremony.
  • Disposable masks will be available at the event during the day of the ceremony.