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Doctoral Hooding Ceremony

The May 2023 doctoral hooding ceremony will be held on Tuesday, May 9 at 3:00 p.m. Doors will open to the public at 2:00 p.m. Graduates and their advisers will be asked to arrive at 1:30 p.m. 

 All doctoral students who apply for graduation will receive an email closer to the ceremony date asking them to confirm their attendance and provide further information via a registration link. This email will be delivered approximately one month before the ceremony date. This email and other important information will be sent to your address (not so make sure that mailbox is not full and is forwarded to your preferred address, if applicable.

If you have not already done so, you will need to buy or rent an official regalia set (gown, tam, and hood).
The deadline for purchasing regalia is several weeks before the ceremony, so order promptly.
You may choose to rent some items (the gown and tam, for example) and purchase others (the hood). To rent or purchase regalia, visit There is no backup supply of doctoral regalia, so you must rent or purchase your own.

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

Graduation information for master’s and specialist’s graduates is provided by the Office of the Registrar’s Graduation webpage and questions about those ceremonies can go to registrar@clemson.eduClick here to register for the Hooding Ceremony (REGISTRATIONS ON HOLD UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE; INSTRUCTIONS WILL BE PROVIDED AT A LATER DATE)

Most recent program: December 2022 Program Archives
Current Doctoral hooding ceremony program

August 2022

May 2022

December 2021

August 2021

May 2021

December 2020

November 2020 (May 2020 and August 2020 graduates)

December 2019

August 2019

May 2019

December 2018

August 2018

May 2018

December 2017

August 2017

May 2017

December 2016

August 2016

May 2016

December 2015 (inaugural hooding ceremony)