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Ph.D. Hooding Ceremony

The university has announced that the 2020 commencement, including departmental ceremonies and other related activities, has been postponed to a date to be determined later. We will provide more information once we know the make-up date. In the meantime, please see the commencement postponement FAQs for updates.

Each year, The Graduate School holds a ceremony to honor doctoral graduates and celebrate the successful completion of their studies. The hooding ceremony is in addition to and does not replace the university-wide commencement.

Students are encouraged to invite friends and family members to the hooding ceremony. Tickets are required for the ceremony and reception. In February 2020, graduating PhD students will receive an email with a link to RSVP for the Hooding Ceremony. 

2020 Hooding Ceremony

Saturday, May 9, 2020
5:30 p.m. (reception will immediately follow ceremony)
Durham Convention Center
301 W. Morgan Street, Durham, NC 27701
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Satellite Viewing

For the convenience of guests, such as those with younger children, a satellite viewing room will be available down the hall from the main ceremony (please enter through meeting room 1).

Live Stream

Those who cannot attend the ceremony in person can watch the event live on The Graduate School's YouTube channel.

The Hooding

The 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