Graduate School

Graduate School Hooding & Recognition Ceremony

watch the 2018 Hooding & Recognition Ceremony live

PhD and Master’s Degree recipients who graduated August 2017, December 2017 or who will be graduating May 2018, are invited to participate in the Graduate School 2018 Hooding & Recognition Ceremony. Hooding & Recognition Ceremonies are reserved for students who have completed all Degree Requirements by April 23, 2018. Those who completed their degrees prior to the 2017 dates are also eligible to participate.


The Hooding Ceremony is a symbolic Recognition of leaving student status, and joining a community of scholars. Each graduate and professional school has a recognition ceremony of its own degree recipients. At the Graduate School's Hooding Ceremony, PhD recipients in Arts & Sciences and Engineering are hooded by their faculty mentors, and Master's degree recipients are recognized. PhD recipients in Business and Social Work are hooded at their School's recognition ceremonies. 



            2018 Graduate School Hooding & Recognition Ceremony

            Thursday, May 17, 2018

            Athletic Complex, Varsity Gym

            Ceremony will begin promptly at 4:00pm



All Graduates and PhD recipients Faculty Hooders participating in the Graduate School Hooding & Recognition Ceremony are required to be in full regalia (academic caps, gowns, and hoods). For additional information about regalia please visit the Commencement website



We welcome participating graduates with children to walk with their children at the ceremony.



3:00 – 3:15pm             Graduates & Faculty Hooders Check-In (Lobby of Athletic Complex)

3:15 - 3:45pm              Procession line-up: Graduates wear tassel on the left

                                    PhD graduates: Drape hood over left arm

                                    Master’s graduates: Wear hoods

4:00 pm                       Procession begins.



The Athletic Complex is located at the west end of the Danforth Campus. Enter the Athletic Complex by the main entrance facing the tennis courts. Volunteers will be on hand to guide you to the registration area and help your guests to the Varsity Gym.


Parking is available throughout the campus and can be located on the Danforth Map


Guests may enter the gym as early as 3:00pm. Please remind your guests that they may have up to a 10 minute walk from parking to the Varsity Gym and should plan accordingly.




Kabance Photography will photograph the ceremony. Individual proofs will be available online or by contacting Kabance.




Accessible Parking is available in all parking areas on campus. More information on campus accessibility can be found here.


An elevator will be available for guests who need it. However, it is important to note it is quite a long walk from the elevator to the Varsity Gym. Please plan accordingly and consider bringing a wheelchair for those guests who may have trouble walking long distances.




A reception for Doctoral and Master’s Graduates will be held Friday, May 18 immediately following the University-wide Commencement.


Please join the Graduate School staff on the lawn near the east end of the John M. Olin Library (across from Cupples II) as we celebrate the achievements of our graduates.


Graduates may pick up their diplomas at the reception until 1:00pm. Any diploma not picked up at that time will be held in the Office of the University Registrar for approximately two weeks. Mailing of diplomas will begin shortly thereafter to the post-graduation address as indicated on the Intent to Graduate form.




If Commencement on Friday, May 18 is cancelled due to severe weather, the Graduate School Reception and Diploma Distribution will be held in the Rain Location:

The Gargoyle (lower level), Mallinckrodt Center at 11 am.


For more information concerning the Commencement Office Severe Weather Plan, please click here.


ATTENTION: If you are earning a Master's degree from University College and are planning to attend the May Commencement, please visit University College for their specific Recognition Ceremony information.