The Office of Graduate Education

Doctoral Hooding Ceremony

In-person Doctoral Hooding Ceremony
Wednesday, December 15, 2021
10 a.m.
Activity Center Gym
An RSVP survey email was sent 10/15/2021. Participants who have RSVP'd will be receiving email regularly with details and instructions.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between the Commencement Ceremony and the Doctoral Hooding Ceremony?

The Doctoral Hooding Ceremony is held at the end of each semester. This event is different and separate from the Commencement Ceremony which is held only in the Spring and Fall semesters. In the hooding, doctoral candidates are celebrated and hooded by their Supervising Professor and Dean.

Commencement ceremonies are held at the conclusion of each spring and fall semester. In this ceremony, both undergraduate and graduate candidates are celebrated and officially graduate with a degree, given that the students have met all of the requirements and their degree is conferred. Diplomas are mailed out 6-8 weeks after commencement to the master’s candidates. Diplomas for doctoral candidates for Fall 2021 will be mailed out 10-12 business days following the commencement ceremony

NOTE: The hooding ceremony and commencement ceremony are two seperate events with seperate RSVPs.

Doctoral candidates are highly encouraged to attend both the Hooding Ceremony and the Commencement in the Fall or Spring to celebrate their achievements.


How do I participate in the Doctoral Hooding Ceremony?

The Office of Graduate Education sent out email to all doctoral candidates that have applied to graduate this semester with how they can confirm attendance. Registration is now closed. The Office of Graduate Education uses the RSVPs to create the seating chart, script, and program.

To RSVP for the Commencement Ceremony, please visit the Commencement page.

Where do I order regalia?

STUDENTS: Doctoral regalia is required for participation. You can rent/purchase your regalia here.

  • October 20, 2021 Last day to order PhD Regalia for Purchase
  • November 13, 2021 Last day to order for on-time PhD Regalia Student Rental
  • Note: Regalia Orders will ship to the bookstore for pick up beginning December 13 and you will pay on pick for the custom rental. Cost includes $95 for the custom rental gown and hood. The Tam is $130.00 and purchased. For Purchasing all of the custom UTD Regalia please email [email protected] and the purchase deadline is October 30. If you have any questions on renting PhD regalia, please contact the UT Dallas Bookstore.

Who will hood me?

It is customary for the Supervising Professor to hood their doctoral candidate on stage along with the Graduate Dean. If there is a co-chair, they have the option to also assist in the hooding. It is the student’s responsibility to contact their hooding professor to confirm that they have accepted to hood them on stage. In the event that the Supervising Professor is unable to hood the student, the student may ask any member of their committee.

Hooding professors will receive instructions, the script, and seating chart closer to the event date.

All hooding professors are required to wear regalia to hood their students on stage. Hooding professors can order regalia from the bookstore by using the faculty order form.


Where does my hooding professor order regalia?

All hooding professors are required to wear regalia to hood their students on stage. Hooding professors can order regalia from the bookstore by using the faculty order form. Hooding professors may also check with their departments for available regalia that they can borrow.

FACULTY: Faculty/Hooding Professors can rent their regalia from the bookstore here.

  • November 22, 2021 Last day to rent PhD Regalia for Faculty
  • Faculty will get an email once their order is ready for pickup

When do I need to arrive for the doctoral hooding ceremony?

The ceremony begins promptly at 10 a.m. Doctoral Candidates and their hooding professors should arrive no later than 8:30 a.m. at the Activity Center Auxiliary Room to line up together and receive further instructions. No walk-ins accepted. At 10 a.m. they will then process into the auditorium together.


How many guests can I invite to the Doctoral Hooding ceremony?

Each candidate may invite up to 5 guests. Guests should plan to arrive early in order to find parking and be seated in the auditorium before the processional by 9:45 a.m.. Doors will open at 9:15 a.m. Guest parking available in Lot J. See parking map for hooding and commencement.


Will the event be livestreamed or recorded?

Live streaming of the event will be available on the UT Dallas Youtube page

Also a DVD of the ceremony will be available for purchase here.


When will I get my Diploma?
Diplomas for doctoral candidates will be mailed out 10-12 business days following the commencement ceremony. If you have any questions regarding your diploma, please contact the Office of the Registrar at [email protected].


If you have any questions about the Doctoral Hooding Ceremony, please contact Lila Foroutan or call 972-883-4722.