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Clemson University Graduate School

Graduation Ceremonies

Master’s and Specialist’s Degree Graduation

Graduation information for master’s and specialist’s graduates is provided by the Office of the Registrar. If you have questions about those ceremonies, contact

Master’s/Specialist’s Degree Ceremonies
Woman smiling during the Master's graduation ceremony.

Doctoral Hooding Ceremony

3 p.m. Thursday, August 10, 2023
Brooks Center for the Performing Arts
Doors open to the public at 2 p.m.
Graduates report to the band room at 1:30 p.m. for a reception and preparation.

The hooding ceremony is the official ceremony for doctoral graduates, so doctoral graduates do not participate in the general graduation ceremonies for master’s students and undergraduates.

Confirming Attendance

Doctoral students who apply for graduation will receive an email about a month before the ceremony asking them to confirm their attendance and provide further information via a registration link. This email will be delivered to the student's address (not so, as always, soon-to-be graduates should ensure their account is not full or otherwise disabled.


Official Clemson doctoral regalia is required for graduates in the hooding ceremony. The deadline for ordering doctoral regalia is several weeks before the ceremony. Dates for the next several ceremonies are on the deadlines page.


You may choose to rent some items (the gown and tam, for example) and purchase others (the hood). Questions about regalia ordering and delivery should be directed to the University Bookstore.