Doctoral Hooding Ceremony

Update May 26, 2020

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the in-person 2020 Doctoral Hooding Ceremony scheduled for May 19, 2020 was canceled. A congratulatory video message was distributed to all PhD candidates on May 19, 2020 at 3:30 p.m. EDT that included congratulatory words from Provost Sunil Kumar, WSE Dean Ed Schlesinger, KSAS Dean Beverly Wendland, department chairs, and research advisors. For PhD candidates who also wish to participate in an in-person hooding ceremony, plans are being made to invite eligible 2020 PhD candidates to the May 2021 Doctoral Hooding Ceremony. More information will be available on this website in the coming months.

Will I still receive my diploma?

Yes, spring diplomas will be mailed out in late-May or early June as degrees are cleared. If you have additional questions, please email

Will I receive a refund on my regalia?

For doctoral students who have rented regalia:

You MUST return your rental regalia by mail to Oak Hall, our regalia vendor, for a refund. Please include a copy of your order confirmation, which you received via email, and contact information (name, phone & email). The mailing address is:

Oak Hall Cap & Gown
3812 Blue Ridge Drive
Roanoke, VA 24153

Will I be able to get my doctoral hood?

Due to current work restrictions, we are unable to distribute hoods at this time.  We hope to resolve this situation during the next academic year and will advise all eligible candidates. 

Please contact us with any questions: PhD Hooding Ceremony Mailbox.