Hooding Process for Ph.D. Candidates and Their Advisers

All candidates and advisers will have secured academic regalia prior to the ceremony.

Advisers will process immediately behind their first student and sit to that person’s left. You will need to be seated next to your student (if you start a new row in the seating area, just follow your candidate to the stage). If you will be hooding more than one student, after the first hooding please sit on the platform until your additional student(s) approach the platform.

When your row of Ph.D.s is guided to the platform by the marshals, the advisor will follow the student onto the stage.

When the student’s name is read, followed by the reading of the advisor’s name, the student will proceed to the hooding area and offer the hood to Rich Novak. The advisor will step behind the candidate and take one half of the hood from Rich Novak. Both the advisor and Rich will slip the hood over the candidate. The candidate and the advisor will then turn right and exit the stage shaking hands with Dean Jerome Kukor and then with the appropriate unit dean.

If the adviser has more than one student in the same graduate program, the adviser can remain on the hooding platform as the additional candidate(s) approach. The procedure is repeated.

If the adviser has additional candidate(s) from different graduate programs, the adviser should assume a seat at the rear of the stage until the next candidate’s name is called; the adviser should be prepared to return to the hooding platform at the appropriate moment.

To expedite the process and to enable us to complete the ceremony in time to join the University Commencement, we ask that all candidates and advisers save their hugs and congratulations until they return to the seats.

If a student’s adviser is not in attendance, Rich Novak and Brad Hillman will hood the candidate.

The hooding video below will help you understand the process. Please review it prior to the Convocation. You may also wish to view last year's ceremony. If you have any questions, please call 848-932-8122.