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 10,000+ guests.
Later that day, each graduate and professional school has a recognition ceremony for its own degree recipients. At the Graduate School’s Hooding & Recognition Ceremony, master’s students are recognized and doctoral students are hooded by their faculty mentors. Ph.D. recipients in Business, Engineering, 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.
For question or concerns please contact Cecily Hawksworth or call 314-935-6818.
Attention: If you are earning a Master's Degree in the evening from University College and are planning to attend the May Commencement, please contact Maria Hunter or call 314-935-6768 for specific information regarding the University College Recognition Ceremony.