August and December 2016 doctoral graduates, as well as May and August 2017 doctoral degree candidates, are eligible to participate in the Doctoral Hooding Ceremony at 7:30pm on Saturday, May 13, 2017, 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: 

  • Au.D.
  • D.E.
  • D.M.A.
  • D.N.A.P.
  • D.N.P.
  • D.P.T.
  • Ed.D.
  • O.T.D.
  • Ph.D.
  • S.L.P.D.

Registration is mandatory.  All registrations must have been received by Monday, March 27, 2017.

All guests require tickets. Please note, the ceremony could be up to 3 hours long, so children who may want their own seats need tickets. However, infants held in a lap for the entire ceremony do not require a ticket. We expect a full auditorium and anticipate needing all seats for ticketed guests.

Each graduate will receive 4 tickets for guests. Hooding participants and faculty hooders do not need tickets. 

Doctoral Hooding Ceremony Program

Only May and August 2017 doctoral candidates who apply to graduate by March 1, 2017 will have their names included in the Doctoral Hooding Ceremony program.

Faculty Hooder

You must contact your faculty advisor or hooder to ensure 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 913-588-2548 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,, 222 Strong Hall.  

Ceremony Procedures:

Report to the Lied Center between 6:30pm and 7:00pm, but no later than 7:00pm and proceed as follows:

  1. 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). 
  2. Follow the signs to determine where you should line up. The line-up is organized by school/College.
  3. 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.
  4. 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 your hooder 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. 

Driving directions

KU’s parking map


Picture-taking will be permitted but should not impair the view of others. A professional photographer will photograph all graduates as they are hooded.  Proofs will be made available following the event.


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.

Master's Degrees

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.


Graduates in need of an accommodation due to a disability should contact Graduate Studies at least two weeks in advance of the event. Email: Phone: 785-864-8040 TTY: 711

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