PhD Hooding Ceremony

Watch the live-stream of the 2018 PhD Hooding Ceremony 3:00pm, May 22, 2018

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 2017 term or Fall 2017 semester, or will be conferring in the Spring 2018 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.

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.

Student and Faculty Advisor Participation Registration

Registration is now open! All eligible students who wish to participate in the hooding ceremony must register to attend the ceremony.

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 14, 2018.

Barnes & Noble Johns Hopkins (the JHU Bookstore at Homewood) will hold a Graduation Fair in April (April 12, 13, 14) 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, 2018 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 25, 2018. The hoods are a gift from your division and do not need to be returned.

Detailed Schedule

  • Date: May 22, 2018
  • Location: Ralph S. O’Connor Recreation Center
  • 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
    • 5:00 p.m. Reception

Parking Information

Parking will be available in the Johns Hopkins University – San Martin Garage (located under the San Martin Center). Shuttle buses will pick up guests from the garage at the P5 level lobby near the Carnegie Institute building to take them to the Ralph S. O’Connor Recreation 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 in the front row of the two rear seating sections in the Ralph S. O’Connor Recreation Center. If you need assistance finding seating, please see one of the volunteers inside the Recreation Center. 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 Recreation Center.

Sign Language Interpreters/Assisted Listening Devices
Sign Language Interpreters are available upon request. Please contact by April 20, 2018 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 20, 2018. 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.