The Office of Graduate Education

Doctoral Hooding Ceremony

Doctoral Hooding Ceremony
Spring 2020 Ceremony will not take place as scheduled.

Update as of 3/18/2020: As announced in a message from President Richard C. Benson, commencement activities and ceremonies - including Doctoral Hooding and Honors Convocation - scheduled for May 11-14, 2020, will not take place as scheduled. Please watch this site and monitor your UT Dallas email for more details about rescheduling of commencement ceremonies.

Note on regalia: If you have already ordered PhD regalia from the UT Dallas Bookstore in anticipation of participating in Spring 2020 Hooding/Commencement ceremonies, contact the bookstore to cancel your order and request a refund. If you ordered regalia directly through Oak Hall, your order will be canceled.

You will need to resubmit orders to participate in the rescheduled ceremonies when those dates are announced.

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. Doctoral graduates receive their diplomas at the commencement ceremonies and at the summer Doctoral Hooding Ceremony. Diplomas for doctoral candidates who do not attend the commencement will be mailed out 10-12 business days following the commencement ceremony.

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 RSVP to the Doctoral Hooding Ceremony?

The Office of Graduate Education will send out an email with an RSVP survey link to all graduating doctoral candidates in the middle of the semester. 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?

Note on Regalia: If you have already ordered PhD regalia from the UT Dallas Bookstore in anticipation of participating in Spring 2020 Hooding/Commencement ceremonies, contact the bookstore to cancel your order and request a refund. If you ordered regalia directly through Oak Hall, your order will be canceled.

You will need to resubmit orders to participate in the rescheduled ceremonies when those dates are announced.

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

  • March 14, 2020 Last day to order PhD Regalia Purchase ($930)
  • March 21, 2020 Last day to order for on-time PhD Regalia Student Rentals ($215)
  • April 4, 2020 Last day to order PhD Regalia Student Rentals with $75 expedited rush fee
  • May 5, 2020 Order pickup date for ALL orders
  • May 20, 2020 Last day to return regalia without $10 late fee

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.

  • April 25, 2020 Last day to rent PhD Regalia for Faculty
  • May 20, 2020 Last day to return 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 11 a.m. Doctoral Candidates and their hooding professors should arrive no later than 10:00 a.m. to line up together and receive further instructions. At 11 a.m. they will then process into the auditorium together. A reception will follow the ceremony in the lobby area.


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

Each candidate may invite up to 15 guests. Guests should plan to arrive early in order to find parking and be seated in the auditorium before the processional. Doors will open at 10:30 a.m. Guest parking information will be provided closer to the event date via email.


Will the event be livestreamed or recorded?

Live streaming of the event will be available on https://ets.utdallas.edu/media-services/webcasts

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


When will I get my Diploma?

Doctoral graduates receive their diplomas at the commencement ceremonies and at the summer Doctoral Hooding Ceremony. Diplomas for doctoral candidates who do not attend the commencement 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.