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Ph.D. Hooding Ceremony

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. Graduating PhD students should have received an email with a link to RSVP for the Hooding Ceremony. 

Note: Official Ph.D. diplomas will be distributed during the hooding ceremony. If you are not attending the ceremony, you can pick up your diploma at The Graduate School on May 13-15, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Note: The Graduate School will be closed from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on May 13). You must show your student ID at pickup.

2019 Hooding Ceremony

Saturday, May 11, 2019
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