Doctoral Hooding Ceremony

May 13, 2017 | 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, each one of these students has made a substantive and original contribution 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.

The graduating students come from all Schools and the College within the University of Kansas, as well as the University of Kansas Medical Center.

Please use the navigation bar at the left to find more information about this year's Hooding Ceremony.

The Chancellor's Office provides information about the university-wide 2017 Commencement Ceremonies.

University Commencement may operate differently than the Doctoral Hooding Ceremony, so please review their website thoroughly.

A live video stream of the Doctoral Hooding Ceremony will be available during the event.

Departmental Information


Call for Dissertation Award Through the further generosity of William and Marnie Argersinger, and with the cooperation of the KU Endowment Association, we are pleased to offer the Argersinger Prize for an outstanding doctoral dissertation. William J. Argersinger, who died in 1992, was the first vice chancellor for research and graduate studies and dean of the graduate school, a position established in 1972 and which he held until 1978. Information on this award can be found under Graduate Studies Awards.


The Louise Byrd Graduate Educator Award was established in 1984 to honor the memory of Louise Byrd, long-time Secretary of the Graduate School and of the Graduate Council. Louise Byrd was noted for her deep concern for the welfare of graduate students. Each year, in her memory, a faculty member who demonstrates the qualities of concern for graduate students as scholars and individuals has been honored at the Hooding Ceremony. The names of recipients are affixed to a plaque in the Kansas Memorial Union. A monetary prize provided by the Office of Graduate Studies accompanies this award. Information on this award can be found Graduate Studies Awards.

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.

General Information

Tickets are required for the Doctoral Hooding Ceremony. All guests require tickets and seating is first-come, first-serve. Please arrive at the Lied Center by 7:00pm in order to be seated before the ceremony begins at 7:30pm. For more information on seating and the ceremony, please go to the FAQ page.

Special Assistance

If any guests need an accommodation, the Lied Center has a variety of seating options that do not involve stairs.  It is recommended that guests in need of an 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. A seating chart is available here. Rows AA-00 on the lower level are reserved for graduates and faculty hooders.

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