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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 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 Chancellor Robert J. Jones, Interim Provost John P. Wilkin, 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. Jennifer C. Greene, Professor of Educational Psychology and recipient of the Campus Award for Excellence in Graduate Student Mentoring, 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. Livestreaming details will be added closer to the event.


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 ceremony.


Registration is now closed.

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 15th. 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 distributed after the dissertation deposit is complete. Tickets will be available starting November 27th in 110 Coble Hall between 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday - Friday. The last day to pick up tickets is Friday, December 15th before 5 p.m.

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

Regalia can be ordered until November 22, 2017. Regalia can be ordered online from Herff Jones or by visiting the Author's Corner in the Illini Union Bookstore on November 13, 2017 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. [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 15, 2017 at the Illini Union Bookstore. 

Regalia return will take place on Sunday, December 17 from 2 -5 p.m. and Monday, December 18 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. in 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.

University of Illinois 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 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. Their regalia will be available from 2 - 5 p.m. on Friday, December 15, 2017 at the Illini Union Bookstore.


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.

November 15
Last day for designating a hooder. Designating a hooder is optional.

November 22
Last day to place an order to rent student regalia from Herff Jones (10:59 p.m. Central Time).

November 27
Tickets available for pickup after dissertation deposit.

December 4
Last day to register for the Doctoral Hooding Ceremony.  

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

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