Thursday, May 18, 2017
at 4 p.m.
Athletics Complex, Varsity Gym
A student can participate in the Hooding & Recognition Ceremony only if they have graduated August 2016, December 2016, or will be graduating May 2017. Hooding and Recognition is only open to students who have completed all Degree Requirements by April 24, 2017. Those who completed their degrees prior to the 2016 dates are also eligible to participate.
Advanced degrees are awarded three times each year: in August, December, and May. University Commencement occurs in May in the Brookings Quadrangle on the Danforth Campus, and involves all the Schools of the University. Degree recipients process in their academic robes in the presence of over 10,000 guests.
Those planning to participate must complete an online Hooding and Recognition Ceremony response form by Friday, April 14, 2017. Those who do not complete a response form will not be permitted to participate in the Hooding and Recognition Ceremony.
All Ph.D. and master's degree recipients must wear academic dress. All orders must be in prior to March 1, in order to guarantee availability and fit. Information regarding regalia rental can be found on the Commencement website.
Each graduate and professional school has a recognition ceremony for its own degree recipients. At the Graduate School’s Hooding Ceremony, master’s students are recognized and doctoral students in Arts & Sciences and Engineering are hooded by their faculty mentors. Ph.D. recipients in Business and Social Work are hooded at their Schools’ recognition ceremonies. This hooding is symbolic of leaving student status to join the community of scholars. It is a day to celebrate your achievement of the highest degree awarded: the Ph.D.
That said, all students are welcome to participate in the 2017 Washington University all-university Commencement May 19, 2017. No registration is required to participate in all-university exercises. Alternately, students may choose to participate in the December 2017 Recognition Ceremony or the May 2018 Hooding and Recognition Ceremony provided all degree requirements have been met.
ATTENTION: If you are earning a master's degree from University College and are planning to attend the May Commencement, please visit the University College Recognition Ceremony page for specific information regarding the University College Recognition Ceremony.