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Graduate College Doctoral Hooding Ceremony Details

Doctoral Hooding Winter Alma

Friday, May 10, 2019
11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
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 of all that you’ve accomplished, surrounded by the family, friends, and colleagues who helped you succeed.

The Ceremony

Graduates and hooding faculty will process into Foellinger Great Hall in the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts and the ceremony will include comments from Chancellor Robert J. Jones, Provost Andreas C. Cangellaris and Wojtek Chodzko-Zajko, Dean of the Graduate College. 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.

Watchthe ceremony 


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 May 2019 or graduated in August or December 2018. Participants must have deposited their dissertations in the Graduate College Thesis Office by the May doctoral deposit deadline (5 p.m. on Friday, April 19) in order to participate in the ceremony.


Registration is now closed. If you need to make any changes to your registration, contact the Graduate College at 217-333-4610 or 


A limited number of meters have been bagged in the Krannert Parking Garage and along the streets around the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts for use by graduates and their guests until 2 pm. Additional parking at regular metered rates is available on nearby streets and in Lot D-9, located at the corner of Illinois and Lincoln.

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. The deadline to designate a hooder is April 1. 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 6 guest tickets. Graduates and hooding faculty do not need tickets. Requests for additional tickets can be sent to and will be accommodated as space is available.
Tickets will be available starting April 25 in 110 Coble Hall between 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday - Friday. Tickets are distributed after the dissertation deposit is complete.


If you, your hooder or your guest(s) require any special accommodations, please specify those needs on the registration page under the optional information heading or email by April 24. Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time to meet your access needs.

Student Regalia

Academic attire is required for participation in the ceremony. Rental regalia can be ordered at a discounted rate until April 11 and at the regular rate until April 24. Regalia can be ordered online through Herff Jones or by visiting the Author's Corner in the Illini Union Bookstore on March 28, April 11 or April 24 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

On the Herff Jones ordering site, select "Rent a Cap and Gown" and then "Doctoral Hooding Ceremony" to order regalia for this ceremony.

For more information on regalia ordering, pick-up and return, see the University Commencement website.

Faculty Regalia

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

Upcoming Deadlines

To participate in the Doctoral Hooding Ceremony, please note the following deadlines:

March 31
Last day to apply for May degree conferral (adding your name to the degree list) on Student Self-Service.

April 1
Last day for designating a hooder. Designating a hooder is optional.

April 11
Last day to place an order to rent student regalia at the early discounted rate from Herff Jones.

April 19
Last day to deposit dissertation in the Graduate College Thesis Office.

April 24
Last day to register for the Doctoral Hooding Ceremony.

Last day to place an order to rent student regalia from Herff Jones.


Graduation Checklist (pdf)