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Doctoral Hooding Event Details

A graduate smiles at the doctoral hooding.

 

Friday, May 10, 2024
Begins at 10:00 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.

Eligibility

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 2024 or if they graduated in a previous term but have not yet participated in a hooding ceremony. Students graduating this semester must have deposited their dissertation with the Graduate College Thesis Office by the May 2024 doctoral deposit deadline in order to participate.

Registration

In order to participate, please register for the Doctoral Hooding. REGISTER NOW! The registration deadline for participating in the May 2024 Doctoral Hooding Ceremony is Sunday, April 7. Please contact gradsuccess@illinois.edu with any questions about your registration.

Regalia

Academic attire is required for participation in the ceremony. Regalia can be ordered online through Herff Jones at herff.ly/illinois.

Rental regalia can be ordered at the regular rate until 10:59 pm on April 9. Students may also purchase academic regalia (not required). April 25 is the last day to order regalia online. All regalia ordered online will be mailed to the address provided during the ordering process.

Faculty Hooders

Faculty who are designated as a hooder do not need to independently register for the ceremony. Students will provide their hooders' information when registering, and the Graduate College will directly email all designated hooders with further instructions for the ceremony, including how to order rental regalia. Designated hooders who own regalia are welcome to wear their own set at the ceremony and do not have to rent through Herff Jones. We suggest students connect with their hooders to request their participation before completing the registration form.

Guest Tickets

Tickets are not required to attend the May 2024 Doctoral Hooding Ceremony. Attending guests are welcome to sit anywhere in the designated guest seating areas at State Farm Center. The event will be livestreamed for family and friends who are unable to attend the ceremony in person.

Accommodations

If you, your hooder, or any of your guests require accessibility accommodations during the ceremony, please specify those needs when registering. Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time to meet your needs.

Parking

Free parking is available in the lots directly surrounding the State Farm Center on the day of the ceremony.

Graduating this semester?

  • Check out the complete list of May 2024 convocation ceremonies happening across campus.
    • Make sure to reach out to the appropriate contacts as eligibility requirements to participate and registration processes are different for each ceremony.