For Those Earning a Doctorate
Doctoral candidates should arrive dressed in their regalia, not wearing their hood, at 8:15 a.m. near the Administration Lawn. Locate the College of Graduate Studies banner and the staff person in charge. Pick up your name card and check in with your major professor (or other designee) about the hooding procedure. Faculty members hooding doctoral students will process to their seats with the faculty group. Doctoral students will lead the Graduate College in the procession.
Report to the Administration Lawn regardless of weather conditions; if
weather is inclement, university staff will know whether alternate plans
are arranged for the processional.
Instructions for Major Professors of Doctoral Students
1. The Ph.D. students will be the first to be awarded degrees. Please watch as they rise and come forward quickly to the left of the stage to join them.
2. The first stop will be a photographer stationed before the reader platform. There you will have a picture taken with your student.
3. Move in the line to the reader podium. Your student will hand his/her card to the reader to be read
4. When the reader begins, please start hooding your student. Do not wait; it is important that you hood as the student’s information is being read because this is projected on the video screens so their family and friends can see
5. Please place the hood and congratulate your student. Do not spend time adjusting the hood or buttoning. It is more important to capture the moment congratulating your student
6. When the hooding is finished, please step back. The student will continue on to receive their diploma from the Provost and be greeted by the President
7. You may move back to join other students you are hooding, or return to your seat.