August and December 2015 doctoral graduates, as well as May and August 2016 doctoral degree candidates, are eligible to participate in the Doctoral Hooding Ceremony at 7:30pm on Saturday, May 14, 2016, in the Lied Center. Please review the University Commencement website for information about participation in the university-wide event, as their policies and guidelines may differ. Recipients of first-professional degrees (i.e., M.D., J.D., Pharm.D.) should expect to participate in the recognition ceremonies organized specifically for those programs. Recipients of the following doctoral degrees are eligible and invited to participate in the Doctoral Hooding Ceremony:
Registration is mandatory. Registration closed on April 4. Registrations are no longer being accepted.
All guests require tickets, including children and infants. You will receive up to 4 tickets for guests. Up to 4 additional tickets may be requested. Additional tickets will be allocated after the April 4th registration deadline. Ticket information is requested during the registration process. Hooding participants and faculty hooders do not need tickets.
Doctoral Hooding Ceremony Program
Only May and August 2016 doctoral candidates who apply to graduate by March 2, 2016 will have their names included in the Doctoral Hooding Ceremony program.
You must contact the faculty member you wish to hood you to confirm his or her availability.
Regalia is required for participation in the Doctoral Hooding Ceremony. If you do not have your own regalia (cap, gown, tassel, and hood) you should arrange for purchase of the needed items. Participants from the Lawrence campus may purchase their items at the KU Bookstore in the Kansas Union or at the Jayhawk Bookstore.
Participants from the Medical Center should work with the KUMC Bookstore. Call 913-588-2549 for more information.
Veterans Honor Cord
The Veterans Honor Cord is a red, white, and blue cord worn on top of regalia. They are available to honorably discharged veterans, as well as those currently serving in the United States military, who are graduating from KU with a 3.0 GPA or greater. To receive a Veterans Honor Cord contact Graduate Military Programs, firstname.lastname@example.org, 222 Strong Hall.
Report to the Lied Center between 6:30pm and 7:00pm, but no later than 7:00pm and proceed as follows:
- Go to the check-in table and pick up the name card that you will use in the ceremony. Verify the spelling and phonetic pronunciation of your name, as well as your email address (for use by photographer).
- Follow the signs to determine where you should line up. The line-up is organized by school/College.
- Locate 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, and any of his or her other graduates, for the procession to begin.
- Rows will be called up to the stage by school/College. Watch the hooding demonstration video here.
The procession will begin promptly at 7:30pm. Students will enter the Lied Center with their faculty hooders. You, your faculty hooder, and any other candidates he or she is hooding must be seated together.
The ceremony will close with the recession of all members of the stage party, the doctoral graduates, and their faculty hooders. You will proceed outside of the Lied Center where your guests can join you.
Parking and Map
The Lied Center is the venue for a number of commencement events on that day. Please plan ahead and we encourage you to allocate extra time before and after the event.
Picture-taking will be permitted but should not impair the view of others. Lifetouch Photography will photograph every graduate at the ceremony as she or he is hooded. Proofs will be made available following the event on the Lifetouch website.
You will not receive your diploma at the Doctoral Hooding Ceremony. You must file for this with the Office of the University Registrar. If you are graduating from a Lawrence or Edwards Campus program, you can request a diploma.
If you are graduating from a Medical Center campus program, you can request a medical center diploma.
For more information regarding ceremonies for master’s and first-professional graduates, please contact your department, or review the commencement events list. For master's students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, information is available on the College website.
If you are in need of an accommodation due to a disability, please submit your request at least two weeks in advance of the event to Graduate Studies. Email: email@example.com Phone: 785-864-8040 TTY: 711