Frequently Asked Questions

How long is the Doctoral Hooding Ceremony?

The ceremony itself should last between 1.5 and 2 hours. However, guests may need to remain in their seats for up to 3 hours. Doors open for General Admission seating at 6:30 pm, and the 2-hour ceremony will begin at 7:30 pm. We recommend that guests who may need specific arrangements arrive as early as possible to select their seats.

How will I know if my name will be in the program?

All summer and fall 2019 graduates will have their names included in the Doctoral Hooding Ceremony program. Only spring and summer 2020 doctoral candidates who apply to graduate by March 1, 2020 will have their names included in the Doctoral Hooding Ceremony program.

Please Note: Students who have requested that their graduation information not be released publicly will not appear in the event program.

How can I request accommodation for my guest?

If any guests need accommodation, the Lied Center has a variety of seating options that do not involve stairs. It is recommended that guests in need of accommodation arrive early to be able to select the area that best suits them (close to an exit or an aisle, toward the middle, or toward the back). Lied Center staff will be on hand to direct guests to the appropriate seating areas.

Where do I meet my faculty hooder?

Please meet your faculty hooder in the line-up area for your School/College. Be certain to communicate in advance with the faculty member who will hood you to determine where you plan to meet. Please do not meet your faculty hooder in the lobby. Wait with your faculty hooder for the procession to begin.

Will there be a space to leave bags and purses?

Graduates and hooders will probably not return to their original seat after they are hooded on stage. There is no secure space to leave a bag or purse. We recommend leaving bags and purses at home or in the car and making sure you have a pocket for a mobile phone.


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