Instructions for Faculty Hooders who will be sitting on the Commencement Green

 Check-in and Regalia Pick up at Hatlen Theater

  • All faculty need to check-in with staff at Hatlen Theater (map) between 11:00 and 11:30 a.m.
  • Faculty who reserved regalia ​will pick up the regalia at Hatlen Theater (map).
  • Faculty who own their own regalia should check-in at Hatlen Theater by 11:30 a.m.
  • Lunch will be served in Hatlen Theater for participating faculty between 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
  • After checkin-in at Hatlen Theater, getting regalia (if borrowing), and eating lunch, report to the Events Center (map), where you will meet up with your student, no later than 12:00 p.m.
  • Please return your regalia to Hatlen Theater once the ceremony concludes.


Assembly and Marching Information


Once you arrive at the Events Center, locate the student(s) you are hooding

  • Listen for line-up instructions
  • Doctoral students and their faculty hooders will form a single line on the right side of the Events Center facing the door where you will exit. The. If you are hooding more than one student, one student will line up in front of the hooder and the other student(s) will line up behind.
  • Staff Marshals will lead two single lines, doctoral on the right, master's and credentials on the left.  At the Commencement Green, doctoral students and their faculty will be directed to sit on the right, master's and credentials on the left.
  • The student-faculty procession will leave the Events Center at 12:40 p.m.

 Timing of Hooding

  • The hooding of doctoral candidates will begin around 2:00 p.m., before the conferral of Master’s degrees. Staff will be on the platform to coordinate the movement of faculty and students across the platform.


Please read the following instructions carefully. While we will be there to assist you, it will be helpful for you to be very familiar with how the hooding will be conducted.

  1. Marshals will be there to alert you to when the time arrives for faculty and doctoral candidates to proceed to the platform (stage). As you progress up the platform, the candidate will hold the hood. A staff member will be there to ensure that the hood is unbuttoned, and positioned to hand off (draped over your right arm).
  2. The candidate will hand their stage pass to a staff member at the top of the ramp. When the announcer takes possession of this card, faculty and candidate should proceed to the designated spot (marked with a large tape X).
  3. An Associate Dean will meet the student part way across the stage and take the hood. S/he will accompany you and the student to the spot marked with an X, where the hooding will take place in front of a photographer. 
    •  Tall students should bend their knees slightly as the hood is being brought over their head. When in doubt, watch what others do and then do the same.
    • Faculty members, if you are hooding more than one candidate, you will hood the first student as the student's name is read, then wait in place to hood the next student.
    • If there are two faculty members hooding a student, the Associate/Dean will hand the prepared hood to the faculty member on the right hand side.
    • Special note: re-buttoning and arranging of the hood should take place after the graduate and faculty have left the podium. Special celebrations (hugs, pictures, exuberant cheers) may take place off the stage at the bottom of the ramp.
  4. After the hood is in position, the student will turn and shake hands with the Dean. The candidate and faculty member will then proceed across the platform to shake hands with the Chancellor.
  5. After exiting the stage you will file back into the same row you were seated in before, approaching it from the left.
  6. Please watch this hooding demonstration video.


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