Doctoral Hooding Ceremony - POSTPONED

May 16th, 2020 | 7:30 pm | Lied Center

The Doctoral Hooding Ceremony celebrates the hundreds of graduate students every year who complete a doctoral degree. In order to graduate, all of these students made substantive and original contributions that advanced the state of knowledge in their academic fields. These students have mastered the cutting edge of research and pushed past it, marshaling evidence to prove something previously unknown. This year's graduating doctoral candidates come from all of the professional schools, including the University of Kansas Medical Center, and from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Kansas.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend University of Kansas-sponsored events.
If you require a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this event, please contact Terri Morris.

Meaning & History of Academic Regalia

According to California State University at Fresno, the regalia associated with the commencement ceremony have their origins in the early universities of medieval Europe. Graduates often dressed in modified ecclesiastical attire, which consisted of the mortarboard, the hood, and the robe. Today, American colleges and universities use similar attire; however, the length of the gown, the color of the tassel, and the color of the outer binding of hood will vary according to the degree conferred, the field of study, and the colors of the university.

Veteran's Honor Cord

The Veteran's Honor Cord is a red, white, and blue cord worn on top of regalia. They are available to honorably discharged veterans and those currently serving in the United States military who are graduating from KU with a 3.0 GPA or greater. To receive a Veteran's Honor Cord, indicate your veteran or active duty status on the Hooding Registration Form or contact Graduate Military Programs in room 222 Strong Hall.

The Lt. Gen. William K. Jones Military-Affiliated Student Center and the KU Veterans Alumni Network will host a KU Military-Affiliated Community End-of-Year & Graduation Reception. An Honor Cord Ceremony will take place at the reception, recognizing graduating student-veterans and military who have earned a 3.0 GPA or higher. Honor Cord receipients should bring a KU ID and proof of military service (current military ID card or DD-214). Recipients who cannot attend may pick up their cords by contacting the Military-Affiliated Student Center or Graduate Military Programs.

KU Military-Affiliated Community End-of-Year & Graduation Reception

4:00-5:30 p.m.
Wednesday, April 29, 2020
Adams Alumni Center
1266 Oread Avenue
Lawrence, KS 

Live Video Stream

A live video stream of the Doctoral Hooding Ceremony will be available so that anyone who is interested, worldwide, may watch the event.


Commencement Exercises

The Doctoral Hooding Ceremony is one of several ceremonies that take place during Commencement weekend at the University of Kansas. It occurs the Saturday night before the final, culminating Commencement Exercises on Sunday morning, when students ceremonially walk through the Campanile and down the Hill into Memorial Stadium.

The Chancellor's Office provides information about the university-wide Commencement Ceremonies on Sunday morning. University Commencement may operate differently than the Doctoral Hooding Ceremony, so please review both websites thoroughly.

Participate in Hooding!

In order to be hooded, you must register to participate in the
Doctoral Hooding Ceremony.

Registration is mandatory. The priority deadline to register for this event is Monday, March 9th.
All submissions must be received by Monday, March 16th.


Guests are permitted to take photographs during the ceremony but should not impair the view of others. GradImages Photography will photograph all graduates as they are hooded and as they exit the stage. Proofs will be made available through a client portal following the event.

Master's Degrees

For more information regarding ceremonies for master's and first-professional graduates, please contact your department, or review the commencement event list. For master's students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, information is available on the College website.

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