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Doctoral Hooding Ceremony FAQ

Semester PhD Hooding Ceremony date and time Location Arrival time for graduates Deadline to apply for graduation Deadline to register to attend Hooding Ceremony
Spring 2019 Thursday, May 9 at 7:00 p.m. Brooks Center for the Performing Arts Students will be notified closer to graduation; arrival time will be approximately 90 minutes before the ceremony. January 30, 2019 April 15, 2019
Summer 2019 Thursday, August 8 at 3:00 p.m. Brooks Center for the Performing Arts Students will be notified closer to graduation; arrival time will be approximately 90 minutes before the ceremony. June 4, 2019 July 18, 2019
Fall 2019 Wednesday, December 18 at 3:00 p.m. Brooks Center for the Performing Arts Students will be notified closer to graduation; arrival time will be approximately 90 minutes before the ceremony. September 10, 2019 November 27, 2019
Spring 2020 Thursday, May 7 at 7:00 p.m. Brooks Center for the Performing Arts Students will be notified closer to graduation; arrival time will be approximately 90 minutes before the ceremony. January 29, 2020 Date to be announced

Note: only students graduating at the end of the current semester will be able to register for the hooding ceremony.

Q: What do I need to do if I want to participate in the doctoral hooding ceremony?

A: First, apply to graduate in iROAR. Once you've applied to graduate, if you want to participate in the doctoral hooding ceremony, you'll need to REGISTER FOR THE HOODING CEREMONY here.  If you have applied for graduation but aren't sure if you will graduate, register anyway and let us know if you find out you need to change your plans. If you have not already done so, you will need to buy or rent an official regalia set (gown, tam, and hood). You may choose to rent some items (the gown and tam, for example) and purchase others (the hood). To rent or purchase regalia, visit https://clemson.shopoakhalli.com/purchasewizard/Welcome. The deadline for regalia orders is well in advance of the hooding ceremony date, so visit that page now for up-to-date information on ordering deadlines.

Q: When I applied to graduate, I said I didn’t want to attend graduation, but I've changed my mind and want to attend the hooding ceremony. What do I need to do?

A: You must wear official Clemson doctoral regalia to participate in the hooding ceremony. Deadlines to order regalia are well before the ceremony date, but rental orders can sometimes be placed after the deadline. If it is less than four weeks before the ceremony, call or stop by the Clemson Bookstore ASAP to find out if you can still get regalia in time. If you can get regalia, register for the doctoral hooding ceremony.  

Q: What do I need to tell friends and family?

A: Friends, family and other guests will not require tickets. Seating is first-come, first-served and should be ample for the expected number of guests. Children are welcome to attend; the site has space in the lobby and surrounding area where parents can take children who become noisy or restless. Auditorium doors will open approximately one hour before the ceremony start time, and we ask that guests be seated and settled 20 minutes prior to the start time so the processional can begin soon thereafter. For family and friends who cannot attend, the event will be streamed live. Photography that does not interfere with the proceedings or with view or comfort of others is allowed; no tripods are allowed, and guests must remain seated.

Q: What if I or one of my guests requires accommodations due to a disability?

A: Please contact April Beckwith at the University’s Office of Accessibility Services to arrange for accommodations.

Q: Who will be hooding me?

A: Traditionally, you would invite your advisor or a member of your committee to hood you. That person, along with your department chair, will place the hood on your shoulders. In the rare case that those people are not available, or if your advisor is also your department chair, a Graduate School associate dean will join the advisor/chair to hood you. You’ll indicate your choice when you register for the ceremony online.

For faculty members who will be hooding one or more students:

What if I am a faculty member who will be hooding someone?

You’ll receive details on what time to arrive at the ceremony and more information about the process via e-mail. Since no hoodings will take place at the general graduation ceremonies, you need not attend those events unless you simply wish to, or are participating in some other way.