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Graduate College Doctoral Hooding Ceremony Details

Doctoral Hooding Winter Alma

Saturday December 15, 2018
10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Foellinger Great Hall in the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts

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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 Provost Andreas 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. Dr. Lance Cooper, professor in Physics, will deliver remarks. 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.


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 2018 or graduated in August 2018. Participants must have deposited their dissertations in the Graduate College Thesis Office by the December doctoral deposit deadline (5 p.m. on Friday, December 7) in order to participate in the ceremony.


Registration is now closed. If you have any questions about your registration contact the Graduate College at 217-333-4610 or 

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 November 12th. 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 8 guest tickets. Requests for additional tickets can be sent to and will be accommodated as space is available.
Tickets will be available starting December 4 in 110 Coble Hall between 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday - Friday. Tickets are distributed after the dissertation deposit is complete.
If your guest(s) require any special accommodations, please specify those needs on the registration page under the optional information heading. Graduates and hooding faculty do not need tickets.

Student Regalia

Rental regalia can be ordered until November 21, 2018 without a late fee. Regalia can be ordered online from Herff Jones or by visiting the Author's Corner in the Illini Union Bookstore on November 12 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.

Regalia pick-up will take place from 2 - 5 p.m. on Friday, December 14, 2018 and starting at 8 a.m. on Saturday, December 15 at the Illini Union Bookstore.

Regalia return will take place on Saturday, December 15 from 12 – 1 p.m., Sunday, December 16 from 2 -5 p.m. and Monday, December 18 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. at the Illini Union Bookstore.

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.

Faculty regalia pick-up will take place immediately before the ceremony at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts starting at 9:30 a.m.

Upcoming Deadlines

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

October 28
Last day to apply for December degree conferral (adding your name to the degree list) on Student Self-Service.

November 12
Last day for designating a hooder. Designating a hooder is optional.

November 21
Last day to place an order to rent student regalia from Herff Jones (10:00 p.m. Central Time).

November 30
Last day to register for the Doctoral Hooding Ceremony.

December 7
Last day to deposit dissertation in the Graduate College Thesis Office.

Graduation Checklist (pdf)