PhD Hooding Ceremony
For PhD students in the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences and the Whiting School of Engineering who have conferred in either the Summer 2016 or Fall 2016 terms, or will be conferring in the Spring 2017 term
Participation registration and proper attire will be required, please see the below tabs for more information.
A formal hooding ceremony is a recognition of the doctoral degree as the highest academic degree in an individual’s course of study. The PhD signifies years of hard work and creativity, resulting in noteworthy research and scholarship that advances the body of knowledge.
It is important that Johns Hopkins—as an institution—recognizes the achievement of these new scholars whom we are sending out into the world. The ceremony will allow individual advisors to read the title of their student’s thesis and hood them as a public symbol of the new graduate’s status.
We realize that some academic departments already hold celebrations for their doctoral candidates. The KSAS/WSE hooding ceremony can be either in addition to or in place of your departmental recognition.
More information on eligibility, cap and gown ordering, and formal invitations will follow, but we want to make sure you mark your calendars now and plan on attending.
Registration is now open! All eligible students who wish to participate in the hooding ceremony must register to attend the ceremony.
Tickets are required for all guests. Students who register to participate in the Hooding Ceremony are provided with the guest ticket order link upon completion of the registration form. If you have registered for the ceremony but were unable to access the link to order tickets for your guests, please email the PhD Hooding Ceremony Mailbox. NOTE: If you are completing/have completed your degree in the Spring 2017 semester, please note that there may be a delay in your ability to order guest tickets. You should be able to access the guest ticket link in the first week of April 2017. The delay will not affect your ability to secure tickets for your guests.
All candidates are required to wear academic regalia. Regalia can be rented from the JHU bookstore and ordered online www.oakhalli.com/colleges/JHU. The deadline for ordering regalia is April 16, 2017.
Barnes & Noble Johns Hopkins (the JHU Bookstore at Homewood) will hold a Graduation Fair in April (April 6, 7, 8) from 11:00am-6:00pm. See the bookstore’s website for additional information.
Students who attend the Grad Fair will pay for their rental cap and gown and receive it at that time. However, students who place their order online will pick up their cap and gown starting May 9, 2017 at the JHU Bookstore at Homewood.
Return of Rental Regalia (Doctoral Candidates Only)
You must return your cap and gown (not your hood) immediately following the last Ceremony you attend. Cap & Gown return area will be clearly marked after each ceremony. All rental items are coded. The Oak Hall Representative will be there to verify the return of all items. Students will be charged $700-$900 for items not returned by May 24th. The hoods are a gift from your division and do not need to be returned.
Date: May 23, 2017
Location: Shriver Hall Auditorium
2:00 p.m. Doors open to guests
2:00 p.m. Candidates line up for processional
3:00 p.m. Ceremony begins
4:30 p.m. Ceremony concludes
5:00 p.m. Reception (MSEL Library, M-Level)
Parking will be available in the South Garage (located under Mason Hall). Due to all of the activities going on throughout campus the day of the ceremony, that garage may fill up quickly. Overflow parking will be available in the San Martin Garage and shuttle buses will pick up guests from the garage to take them closer to campus.
Please note that there is a charge for parking.
Johns Hopkins is committed to promoting the full participation of all individuals with disabilities in the commencement exercises. Below is information pertaining to the ceremony and the accommodations made for individuals with disabilities.
The ceremony will have designated seating areas for persons using wheelchairs. Seating is available for the individual with the disability and up to three companions on a first-come, first-served basis. This seating is located to the right of center stage in the Shriver Hall auditorium. If you need assistance finding seating, please see one of the volunteers inside Shriver Hall. For other guests with mobility disabilities, it is strongly recommended that you arrive early to ensure you are able to find a seat that meets your needs. Should you need assistance, please see one of the volunteers inside Shriver Hall.
Sign Language Interpreters/Assisted Listening Devices
Sign Language Interpreters are available upon request. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org by April 18 to request ASL Interpreters or Assisted Listening Devices. In all situations, a good faith effort (up until the time of the event) will be made to provide accommodations.
Alternative Format Programs
Should a guest need the hooding ceremony program booklet in an alternate format, such as enlarged print or Braille, please contact the email@example.com by April 18. A limited number of large print copies will be available on the day of the event. Please see the ushers for large print copies.
Questions? Please email the PhD Hooding Ceremony Mailbox.