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Graduate College December Doctoral Hooding Ceremony

Saturday, December 16, 2017
10:30 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 on December 16 for the Doctoral Hooding Ceremony to celebrate of all that you’ve accomplished, surrounded by the family, friends, and colleagues who helped you succeed.

The Ceremony

The focus of the ceremony is the formal "hooding" of doctoral degree recipients, often by faculty advisers. Each year, approximately 500 students receive their doctoral degrees in August and December. This ceremony offers doctoral degree recipients, along with faculty mentors, an opportunity to celebrate their achievement closer to the time of degree completion.

A video recording of the December 2016 ceremony can be found at


Doctoral students (PhD, EdD, JSD, DMA and AudD) are eligible to participate in the Doctoral Hooding Ceremony if they graduated in August 2017 or will finish the degree requirements for December 2017. Participants must have deposited their dissertations in the Graduate College Thesis Office by the December doctoral deposit deadline (5 p.m. on Friday, December 8) in order to participate in the Doctoral hooding ceremony.


Registration will open in Fall 2017.

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.


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

October 29
Last day to apply for December degree conferral (adding your name to the degree list) on Student Self-Service.

December 8
Last day to deposit dissertation in the Graduate College Thesis Office.