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PhD Hooding Ceremony
Saturday, May 23, 2015, 5:00-6:30pm
Barton Hall

On Saturday, May 23, a special hooding ceremony will be held in Barton Hall at 5:00pm for all PhD candidates to be individually recognized. Families, friends, and faculty members are invited to attend this event. Cap and gown must be worn for this event. Graduates will be hooded on stage. A reception at Barton Hall for all PhD candidates and their family and friends will follow. Light refreshments will be served.

All PhD candidates are asked to arrive at Barton Hall at 4:15-4:30pm to register and line up for the procession. Please report to one of five tables (alphabetic by last name) that will be along the curtain on the Garden Avenue side of Barton Hall. Ushers and Graduate School staff will be there to assist. At 5:00pm the University Marshal will lead the procession of candidates, faculty, trustees, Graduate School Dean, and the University President.

Cornell PhD Regalia

Cap and Gown

Cornell PhD regalia must be worn by degree candidates. order

RSVP - PhD Hooding Ceremony

RSVP form An RSVP is required by May 20 by PhD candidates planning to participate in the Hooding Ceremony.

The link to submit an online RSVP will be posted here after February 25. Please check back.

Commencement Packet

PhD Candidates should follow instructions to obtain a Commencement Packet from the Graduate School at 143 Caldwell Hall.

Tickets and Number of Guests

There is no limit to the number of guests who may attend. There are no tickets for this event.

Faculty Invitation

Candidates are encouraged to invite special committee faculty members to this event. Two formal invitations will be included in your commencement packet from the Graduate School for you to give to your faculty members. Faculty dressed in regalia will process to the seating area in front of the stage.


Professional photographs will be taken of you on stage as you shake hands with the President. You will receive an email within two weeks after the ceremony, with an option to purchase photographs from University Photography. For photo questions, please call University Photography at 607-255-2607.


Campus roads are open at the time of the PhD Hooding Cermony on Saturday. Guests may park in available spaces near Barton Hall as well as in the Schoellkopf Stadium parking garage nearby. Special permits are not needed for PhD Hooding Ceremony parking.

Mobility-Impaired Guests

Guests who cannot maneuver stairs should enter Barton Hall from the Garden Avenue side of the building. Drivers may drop off and pick up passengers at the Garden Avenue entrance to Barton Hall. Guests using wheelchairs and walkers will be accommodated in the floor seating areas.

Campus Buses

Campus buses will be available on Saturday and Sunday from all regular bus stops on campus.

Commencement Ceremony - Sunday, May 24

On Sunday, May 24, PhD candidates are expected to participate in the university-wide Commencement Ceremony. At 9:15am students must gather on the Arts Quad wearing cap, gown, and hood, to process into Schoellkopf Stadium. The PhD degrees will be conferred by the President at this time. Following the ceremony in Schoellkopf, college ceremonies and receptions are held for graduates and their families at various college locations. Check with your department for specific details.

Diploma Distribution

Diplomas are not distributed at the PhD Hooding Ceremony.

Contact Information

Commencement Office
B13 Day Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853
(607) 255-9541
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