Candidates | Doctoral Hooding

Doctoral candidates


Reporting for the Hooding Ceremony

The registrar reminds all degree candidates to check WebSIS for any outstanding grades or financial charges that would prevent you from being invested with your Doctoral hood on June 8 and receiving your diploma at Commencement. Visit the Registrar's website for additional information, including student deadlines.

Security, arrival, and venue

The Hooding Ceremony will take place on June 8, 2017, at 10 am in the Johnson Athletics Center (Building W34). All are welcome and tickets are not required.

A note about security for guests
Security arrangements are finalized in the days leading up to Hooding and Commencement: we recommend that guests visit these pages again the week prior to the ceremonies. Thank you.

Guests are advised to allow enough time to arrive and be seated before the Academic Procession enters the Johnson Athletics Center. The guest entrance to the Johnson Athletics Center is next to the Zesiger Sports and Fitness Center. Those who will require assistance accessing the venue may be dropped off on the Vassar Street side of the building. Staff will be present and able to help guests from there to the Johnson Athletics Center.

Guests are asked to consider the appearance of some objects and leave anything that could be perceived as dangerous at home or in their hotel rooms. Large bags, large objects, selfie sticks, wrapped gifts, pocketknives or similar sharp objects, and glass bottles or containers are prohibited. Diaper bags and purses are permitted, but please note that all items taken into the Johnson Athletics Center are subject to search, and that MIT will not accept responsibility for storing items that are not permitted inside the venue.

Guests are advised to carry government-issued photo ID with them to campus. Acceptable forms of ID are driver’s licenses, state ID cards, or passports.

Robing and assembly

The robing and assembly areas in Rockwell Cage are for graduates only: please ask your family and friends to proceed to the Johnson Athletics Center. Further guest information is available in the Hooding guests section.


Please pick up your regalia earlier in the week and be sure to check that you have received the correct gown. There will not be extra regalia available at the ceremony; please come prepared. More information on regalia is available in the graduates section.

You are not responsible for ordering or picking up your new hood; it will be presented to you on stage during the ceremony.

If you are not planning to attend the Hooding Ceremony, but you do plan to attend Commencement, your hood will be waiting for you at the robing area in the Johnson Athletics Center on Friday morning.

Graduates with disabilities or special needs

Please email Traci Swartz, Hooding Ceremony Coordinator, by May 12 so that we can plan the best accommodation for you.

Procession, hood investiture, and recession

Degree candidates follow faculty in the procession to the stage in the Johnson Athletics Center. You will receive your hood from the chancellor and your department head or his/her designate. The faculty recesses after the ceremony, but the candidates do not. You are free to join your guests in the audience once the faculty have recessed.

There are no children or other family or friends allowed on the stage or in the procession. We must require guests to stay in the seating area.

Photographs and videos from Hooding

You will receive a mailing from Commencement Photos, Inc. This company will photograph each candidate at the time of hood investiture. Please note: there is no designated area for guests to take photographs during the ceremony.  Because of the distance from the stage, guests will not be able to get close enough to the stage to take good photos. The best way to get a good photograph is to order the professional one. See the photos and video page for more.

After the Hooding Ceremony is over, you will be able to take photographs in front of the stage. Please discuss this with your guests beforehand so they know that they will have this option.

Videos of the Hooding Ceremony may be ordered from MIT Video Productions. Guests will not be permitted to set up video cameras in the aisles—the best way to get a video is to order the DVD. Note: The 2017 DVD online order form will be made available this spring. You may still order a DVD of the 2016 ceremony.

After the ceremony

Individual department receptions are held after Hooding; please coordinate attendance with your family and friends.