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Doctoral Hooding Event Details

A graduate smiles at the doctoral hooding.

Friday, May 12, 2023
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.


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 2023 or graduated in August or December 2022. Participants must have deposited their dissertations in the Graduate College Thesis Office by the Spring 2023 doctoral deposit deadline in order to participate in the ceremony.



The last day to register for the May 2023 Doctoral Hooding Ceremony is Tuesday, April 11. Questions about registration can be sent to


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

Rental regalia can be ordered at an early discounted rate until 10:59 p.m. (CT) on April 11. After April 11, students may order rental regalia at the regular rate until 10:59 p.m. (CT) on April 20. Students may also purchase academic regalia (not required). All regalia ordered online will be mailed to the address provided during the ordering process.

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.


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.


Tickets are not required to attend the May 2023 Doctoral Hooding Ceremony. Attending guests are welcome to sit anywhere in the designated guest seating areas at State Farm Center.


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

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



Current COVID-19 guidelines for University events can be found on the university's COVID-19 Event Guidance website. The event will be livestreamed for individuals who are unable to attend in person.