PhD Hooding Ceremony

PhD Hooding is for PhD students in the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences and the Whiting School of Engineering who have conferred in either the Summer 2018 term or Fall 2018 semester, or will be conferring in the Spring 2019 semester.

Participation registration and proper attire will be required, please see the below 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 Homewood Schools’ (KSAS and WSE) hooding ceremony can be either in addition to or in place of your departmental recognition.

Student and Faculty Advisor Participation Registration

Registration is now closed for Spring 2019. Please contact if you have registration concerns.

All eligible students who wish to participate in the hooding ceremony must have registered. To be eligible to participate you must have completed your KSAS/WSE PhD in either the Summer or Fall of 2018 or be a Spring 2019 conferral. This means you have submitted your dissertation to the ETD Office by Friday, March 29, 2019 by 5 p.m. AND received the final approval email (not the initial submission acknowledgement email) from the ETD office NO LATER than by Wednesday, April 3, 2019 at noon.

Faculty Advisors who are attending should have registered. If you are a student whose faculty advisor cannot attend to hood you, please contact

There is a small group of students for which an eligibility exception may apply: “Courtesy Hoodees”. A “Courtesy Hoodee” is any KSAS/WSE PhD student who submits their dissertation after the Spring conferral deadline of April 3, 2019 but receives their ETD approval by May 10. Participation requires proper regalia, and it is important to note that the ceremony does not confer the PhD degree.

Guest Tickets

Tickets are required for all guests. Students who register to participate in the Hooding Ceremony may also order up to  four (4) guest tickets when  they register. If you have registered for the ceremony and need more than four  (4) guest tickets, please email the PhD Hooding Ceremony Mailbox.

Student Regalia

All candidates are required to wear academic regalia. Regalia can be rented from the JHU bookstore and ordered online The deadline for ordering regalia is April 13, 2019.

Barnes & Noble Johns Hopkins (the JHU Bookstore at Homewood) will hold a Graduation Fair in April (April 11-13, 2019) 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 8, 2019 at the JHU Bookstore at Homewood.

For doctoral cap and gown purchase information, go to the vendor site ( or contact the bookstore at 410-662-5850. Please allow 8–12 weeks for manufacturing.

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 24, 2019. The hoods are a gift from your division and do not need to be returned.

Detailed Schedule

  • Date: May 21, 2019
  • Location: Shriver Hall Auditorium, Homewood Campus
  • Schedule:
    • 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
    • Reception Immediately Following

Parking Information

Parking will be available in the Johns Hopkins University – San Martin Garage (located under the San Martin Center).

Please note that there is a charge for parking. For more information,visit the JHU parking site.

Assistance for Persons with Disabilities

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 their companions on a first-come, first-served basis. This seating is located throughout the Shriver Hall Auditorium. If you need assistance finding seating, please see one of the volunteers inside the Auditorium. 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 the Auditorium.

Sign Language Interpreters/Assisted Listening Devices
Sign Language Interpreters are available upon request. Please contact by April 19, 2019 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 by April 19, 2019. 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.