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Bloomington Commencement Feature

Hooding of Doctoral Candidates at December Commencement

Doctoral candidates who are being hooded are responsible for arranging with their faculty mentors to meet them at Gladstein Fieldhouse, directly east of Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall (where December Commencement takes place) for robing and lineup. Both students and their faculty mentors are instructed to arrive for robing and lineup by 8 a.m. on Saturday, December 16.

Caps and Gowns

Doctoral Hooding

Doctoral candidates and mentors should review these instructions and watch the video about doctoral hooding.


Hooding Overview

All doctoral candidates will be individually introduced during Commencement, and all will be hooded on the floor in front of the stage.

Students will process into Assembly Hall and be seated school by school, following red school banners. Students who are being hooded by mentors walk in and sit with those mentors.

Students are asked to review these guidelines with their mentors prior to Commencement day and to determine a time they will meet in on the day of the ceremony. Students who do not have a faculty mentor will be hooded by Commencement marshals. Only members of the Indiana University faculty may hood doctoral candidates.

Apparel may be ordered online or at GradFair.

Hooding Instructions

  • During robing and lineup, each graduate will receive two blank name cards to fill out. Please fill out the cards with your name, printing legibly. These cards will be used to introduce you during the ceremony. If you think the announcer might have difficulty pronouncing your name, please include phonetic spellings.
  • When your school is called forward by the provost, stand with your mentor and follow the directions of the marshals, who will lead you toward the stage. Mentors will be directed to platforms in front of the stage to await their students. Students who are not accompanied by a mentor will be directed by the marshals after they process across the stage.
  • During the processional, doctoral students should have their hoods unfolded and draped over the left arm and carry their name cards in their right hands. Students will climb several steps to the stage. Please contact us at (812) 855-3762 if you have any difficulty climbing stairs.
  • Each candidate will present his or her name cards to the reader and sign language interpreters, who will introduce the candidate. Candidates will then process across the stage, shaking hands with the president, the provost, the dean of the University Graduate School, and the dean of the school in which the student has completed a degree.
  • When degree candidates leave the stage, they will proceed to the area on the floor in front of the stage and be hooded by a mentor or by a faculty marshal.
  • For the hooding, candidates should remove their caps and face away from the mentor or marshal, who will place the hood over the candidate’s head.
  • Once hooding is completed, the student and the mentor return to their seats.

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