Doctoral Hooding | Professors

Investiture of Doctoral Hoods and Degree Conferral Ceremony

Candidates for the PhD and the ScD receive their degrees and academic hoods in a ceremony on Thursday, June 6, at 10 am in Killian Court. Faculty, especially mentors of degree candidates, are encouraged to participate.


The Hooding/Degree Conferral ceremony will take place in Killian Court except in the case of extreme weather (i.e., electrical storms or hail). Although faculty are seated on the stage and therefore sheltered from rain, we do have to walk across the grass to get there. You will want to keep this, and the temperature, in mind when choosing what to wear with your regalia.


Registration and regalia ordering is now open—please let us know your plans by May 13. Details about arrival, check-in, and the procession will be posted here later in the spring AND emailed to participants by the Faculty Marshal. Please plan to arrive with your regalia; staff will be on hand to help you robe. There will be a coat rack, and you can expect to leave a jacket or sweater safely, but we recommend that you leave valuables in your office: there is no secure place to leave laptops, briefcases, or confidential files in the robing area.

Hoods are invested by respective department heads or designates. We regret that it is not possible to honor requests from faculty to hood individual students, but it is essential for the flow of the ceremony to adhere to this policy.

After the ceremony, faculty, graduates, and guests proceed to School and department receptions.

Faculty applaud the newest Doctoral candidates

Hooding ceremony