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Ph.D. Hooding Ceremony


Hooding Ceremony for 2019-20 and 2020-21 Ph.D. Graduates

The Graduate School held two hooding ceremonies at Duke Chapel on Saturday, September 25, 2021, for 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 Ph.D. graduates, whose hooding ceremonies had to be canceled at the time of their graduation due to the pandemic. | Recap, photos, and videos


The Graduate School took photos of each graduate receiving the doctoral hood. Graduates will receive a link about a week after the event to view and download the photos.


If you have questions about the September hooding ceremony, please contact Sondra Ponzi (


The Hooding

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 Ph.D. Graduation Celebrations