Doctoral Hooding | Professors

Hooding Ceremony

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


The Hooding Ceremony will take place in the Johnson Athletics Center.

Please 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 the chancellor and the respective department head or designate. 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.

The Hooding Ceremony lasts about 135 minutes. Faculty are asked to remain seated throughout. Thank you.

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

Nominate a guest speaker for the 2019 Hooding Ceremony

MIT faculty are invited to submit nominations for guest speakers at future ceremonies for the investiture of Doctoral hoods. The deadline for speaker nomination for the 2019 ceremony is Friday, October 26 at 11:59 pm.

The guest speaker at the Hooding Ceremony is one who inspires the Doctoral degree candidates and demonstrates a professional path in his or her chosen realm, whether academe, public service, non-profit, or the private sector. Criteria for speaker nominees:

  • Must be a graduate of MIT, holding either a PhD or ScD
  • May be a graduate of any department or program, but must be using the Doctoral degree in his or her professional life
  • Must be nominated by an MIT faculty member, current or emeritus/emerita

Please provide background on your nominee via our webform. Thank you for participating in the nomination process!


Faculty applaud the newest Doctoral candidates

Hooding ceremony