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Ph.D. Graduates Celebration

The Graduate School will be holding two events to celebrate its 2020-2021 Ph.D. graduates:

  • May 7, 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.: A drive-through graduation gift pick-up and celebration in the parking lot at the Nasher Museum of Art
  • May 8, 10:00-11:00 a.m.: A virtual ceremony to individually recognize each graduate (Watch the virtual ceremony)

The Graduate School will also hold a virtual ceremony on May 8 at 12:00 p.m. to recognize the 2019-20 Ph.D. graduates (Watch the virtual ceremony), whose commencement activities were canceled last spring due to the pandemic.

Details about these events have been sent to graduates.

CommencementGraduates' Photos

See the names and photos of our 2020-2021 Ph.D. graduates at

Cap, Gown, and Hood

Please direct all questions to University Stores, which handles all order for academic regalia.

Ph.D. students who are interested in renting regalia should contact Patti Silver ( at Duke Stores with the subject line "PhD regalia" and include their full name, height, and phone number. Reserved regalia will be available for pick up April 26–30 at the Bryan Center’s Louise Jones Brown Art Gallery from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.



The Hooding

Note: Due to pandemic disruptions and restrictions, The Graduate School will not beholding its traditional Ph.D. hooding ceremony in May 2021.

hoodingThe hooding ceremony is similar to a graduation in that faculty and students are dressed in academic attire. During the ceremony, the name of each graduate is called, and the graduate goes on stage with his or her faculty adviser(s). The adviser places the doctoral hood over the head of the graduate, signifying his or her success in completing the graduate program, and the dean of The Graduate School then congratulates the graduate.

Each doctoral candidate is asked to invite a Duke faculty member to perform the hooding. The faculty member may be the candidate’s adviser or another faculty member of the candidate’s choice. If a faculty member is not available, the dean will perform the hooding.

VIDEO: Recipe for the Perfect Hooding


Past Hooding Ceremonies