All August and December graduates, as well as May and August doctoral degree candidates are eligible to participate in the ceremony at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 14, 2016, in the Lied Center. Only doctoral candidates who apply to graduate by March 2, 2016 will have their names included in the Doctoral Hooding Ceremony program. You are welcome to contact the Graduate Studies office at (785) 864-8040 after May 1 to confirm your participation. Registration is required. Information about registration will be updated in February.  

Faculty Hooder

You must contact the faculty member you wish to perform your hooding to verify he or she is available.

Regalia Rental

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.  Doctoral candidates from the Lawrence campus may purchase their items at the KU Bookstore in the Kansas Union or at the Jayhawk Bookstore. 

Candidates 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 Bill Steele in Graduate Military Programs, 222 Strong Hall.  

Ceremony Procedures:

Please report to the Lied Center between 6:30 and 7:00 pm, but no later than 7:00 pm 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 along with your email address (for use by photographer). 
  2. Locate your faculty hooder in the lineup area for your school. Be certain to communicate in advance with the faculty member who will hood you to determine where you plan to meet.
  3. Follow the signs to determine where you should line up. The line up is organized by School/College. Proceed to the side hallway area where you will line up with your faculty hooder for the procession. Wait for the procession to begin.

The procession will begin at 7:30 p.m. Students enter the Lied Center followed by his/her faculty hooder. 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 anticipate 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. 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.

Master's Degrees

For more information regarding ceremonies for master’s 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: Phone: 785-864-8040 TTY: 711

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