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Graduate College December Doctoral Hooding Ceremony

Saturday, December 10, 2016
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 honor and celebrate the effort it took you to get here. That’s why we’re hosting the inaugural Doctoral Hooding Ceremony this December. We hope that you’ll join us on December 10 for a celebration of all that you’ve accomplished, surrounded by the family, friends, and colleagues who helped you succeed.

The event will be livestreamed for family and friends who are unable to attend the ceremony in person. To view the livestream, visit at 10:30 a.m. central time on Saturday, December 10, 2016.

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.

Graduates and hooding faculty will process into Foellinger Great Hall and the ceremony will include comments from Chancellor Robert J. Jones, Provost Edward Feser, 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. Andrew G. Alleyne will deliver remarks. 

Alleyne is the Ralph & Catherine Fisher Professor of Mechanical Engineering. He has been repeatedly honored for his teaching and mentoring work throughout his tenure at the university. Last year, he was one of two recipients of the Campus Award for Excellence in Graduate Student Mentoring. He received the award based on the quality and depth of the impact of his mentoring on the department’s graduate students. Alleyne’s philosophy on mentoring graduate students hinges on understanding each student’s life goals, and former graduate students said he is “a dedicated mentor who recognizes that personal success is just as important as professional success.” 

A video recording of the event will be posted at

Read more about the decision to pilot a Doctoral Hooding ceremony.


Doctoral students (PhD, EdD, JSD, DMA and AudD) are eligible to participate in the Doctoral Hooding Ceremony if they graduated in August 2016 or will finish the degree requirements for December 2016. Participants must have deposited their dissertations in the Graduate College Thesis Office by the December doctoral deposit deadline (5 p.m. on Friday, December 2) in order to participate in the Doctoral hooding ceremony.


The deadline to register for this event has passed. 

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 14. Students who have not designated a hooder will be hooded by a member of the platform party.


Because of the size limitations of Foellinger Great Hall, graduates are allowed 10 guest tickets. Requests for additional tickets can be sent to and will be accommodated as space is available. You must have deposited your dissertation before your tickets can be distributed. You may pick up your tickets starting October 30 on the 2nd floor of Coble Hall between 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday - Friday. The last day to pick up tickets is Friday, December 9 before 5 p.m. Please note that only guests need tickets. Graduates and hooding faculty do not need tickets.

Student Regalia

Regalia can be ordered until November 16. Regalia can be ordered online from Herff Jones or by visiting the Author's Corner in the Illini Union Bookstore on November 7 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. On the ordeirng site, select "Rent a Cap and Gown" and then "Doctoral Hooding Ceremony" to order regalia for this ceremony. [If you are unsure of your plans at this time, but are considering participating in the Doctoral Hooding Ceremony, please order academic attire.  You will not be charged the rental fee if academic attire is not picked up during the distribution period.]

Regalia pick-up will take place from 2 - 5 p.m. on Friday, December 9 in the Author's Corner of the Illini Union Bookstore. 

Regalia return will take place on Sunday, December 11 from 2 -5 p.m. and Monday, December 12 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. in the Author's Corner of the Illini Union Bookstore.

Faculty Regalia

After you indicate the name of your faculty member in the registration form, they 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 Doctoral Hooding Ceremony at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, starting at 9:30 a.m.  If they will participate in multiple ceremonies in December, they should return their regalia after the last ceremony.

If the person hooding you is not a University of Illinois faculty member, please ask them to go here to order and pay for their regalia rental. Hooders must have an earned doctorate.


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

October 30
Last day to apply for December degree conferral (adding your name to the degree list) on Student Self-Service.

November 14
Last day for designating a hooder. Designating a hooder is optional.

November 16
Last day to place an order to rent student regalia from Herff Jones.

November 28
Last day to register for the Doctoral Hooding Ceremony.  

December 2
Last day to deposit dissertation in the Graduate College Thesis Office.

See the complete list of deadlines.