USC Dornsife Ph.D. Hooding Ceremony
The Ph.D. Hooding Ceremony is the only USC Dornsife event exclusively for Ph.D. recipients. Ph.D. candidates who defended in December 2014 or who will defend in May or August 2015 are eligible to participate. Participation in the ceremony is subject to the dissertation chair's approval. Participation in the hooding ceremony does not confirm your graduation.
The event will be held on Thursday, May 14, 2015 on Brittingham Field from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Line-up begins at 9:00 a.m. In order to participate in the ceremony, candidates must register online.
During the ceremony, the candidate's dissertation committee chair will present the hood, a symbol of the Ph.D. degree, to the student. If the dissertation chair is unable to attend, then the Dean or the dean's designee will present the hood to the student.
The online registration form can be found by using this link beginning Monday, February 2, 2015 at noon (12:00 p.m.) and will close Monday, March 2, 2015 at 5:00 p.m.
Ph.D. Ceremony Information
Ph.D. candidates are required to register for the Hooding Ceremony. All eligible candidates are subject to the dissertation chair's approval.
Ph.D. candidates are required to wear academic regalia (cap and gown) and must bring their hood. Regalia rentals will begin on May 4th at the University Bookstore, 3rd floor.
Ph.D. candidate line-up begins at 9:00 a.m. and will be located behind the stage, by department.
Before getting into line, completely fill out a namecard found on tables in the line-up area. Keep this card with you until a staff person collects it.
Click here for the Ph.D. hooding ceremony stage procession diagram.
Once all Ph.D. candidates have processed and are seated, the satellite ceremony will begin. Each Ph.D. candidate will proceed to the stage by department to have their name announced and be hooded.
Four professional pictures will be taken, one before you are hooded, two while you are being hooded and one after you are hooded.
After you are hooded all Ph.D. candidates must return to their seats until the conclusion of the ceremony.
A reception, hosted by USC Dornsife, will immediately follow the ceremony on Brittingham Field.
Main Ceremony Information
All Ph.D. candidates are welcome to participate in the main ceremony held on Friday, May 15, 2015 starting at 8:30 a.m. in Alumni Park. The Ph.D. candidate column will be led by Graduate Student Marshals, Flag Bearers and the Vice Provost for Graduate Programs. For more information on the main ceremony click here.
Deadline to sumbit a disability request is TBD.
Wheelchair seating is provided at the Ph.D. hooding ceremony. Due to space limitations, only one family member may join the disabled guest in the wheelchair seating area. Additionally, by request USC Dornsife will make arrangements for sign language interpreters and captionists.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org , Subject: Ph.D. Hooding Ceremony Disability Request, to submit a request for disability services.
Please be sure to provide the following information in your email:
Ph.D. candidate's name
Ph.D. candidate's department
Disabled guest’s name
Type of service needed: sign language interpreter, wheelchair seating, etc.
NOTE: USC Dornsife does not provide wheelchair rentals
Contact information in case of questions
Upon arrival, guests must check-in at the booth and will be escorted to the wheelchair seating area.