Instructions for Hooding

Hooding Your Graduate

As we begin the conferral for the doctoral degrees, you will access the stage on the piano side, to your left as you face the stage. Please move to the back of the stage and proceed toward the center. We would prefer that we have faculty ready to hood for the next 3-4 students on stage at all times.

When you are next up to hood your graduate, I will hand you the hood. It will be handed to you so that you will just place over their head and on the graduate’s shoulders.

Both faculty members should lift the hood together over the shoulders of the graduate to place it on his/her shoulders. It is not necessary to fasten the button closure on the back of the hood.

If you are hooding more than one student in sequence, I will bring the next hood to you at the head of the aisle.

Location on the Stage for Hooding

There is an X marked on the floor, between the diploma area and the center aisle on stage. Please meet the student close to that mark and help guide the graduate to stand on the X – it is positioned so that neither the graduate nor you will be uncomfortably close to those sitting on the first row.

The X will also put the graduate in a spotlight focused precisely to that point. Lights are focused and photographers are positioned to take the appropriate photos at that place on the stage.

After the hood has been placed, both faculty members who assist with the hooding should congratulate the graduate and follow him/her toward the stairs to the floor or return to the back of the stage if you have others to hood.