Candidates | Doctoral Hooding

Doctoral candidates


Reporting for the Hooding Ceremony

Please download and read the Instructions for Doctoral Candidates PDF, which includes report time, assembly stations, and other important information for 2015 candidates.

Please note that 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 4, 2015 and receiving your diploma at Commencement. More information, including student deadlines, is available here.

Security, arrival, and venue

The Hooding Ceremony will take place from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm in the Johnson Athletics Center (Building W34). Admission for guests begins at 10 am; all are welcome and tickets are not required.

A note about security for guests
Details are included in the Instructions for Doctoral Candidates. We recommend reviewing all arrangements and security measures with your guests in advance so everyone knows what to expect.

Guest admission begins at 10 am and attendees are advised to allow enough time to arrive and be seated before the Academic Procession enters the Johnson Athletics Center at 11:30 am. 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. Backpacks, large bags, large objects, 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 Rockwell Cage on Friday morning.

Graduates with disabilities or special needs

Please email Traci Swartz, Hooding Ceremony Coordinator, by May 15 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. More information on photography is available on the photos and video page.

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: if you would like a video, please order online. Thank you.

After the ceremony

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