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PhD Hooding Ceremony

Event Schedule | How to Participate | Arrival Time for Candidates
Cap & Gown | RSVP | Tickets | Photographs | Diplomas
Mobility-Impaired Guests | Parking | Campus Buses
Faculty Invitations | Commencement Packet | Commencement

A special ceremony will be held in Barton Hall on Saturday for all PhD candidates to be individually recognized and hooded on stage as a welcome into the academy of scholars. PhD candidates and their families, friends, and faculty members are invited to attend. A reception with light refreshments will immediately follow the ceremony.

Event Schedule

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

Arrival Times Families: 4:15 doors open
Candidates: 4:15-4:30 to participate
Faculty: 4:30-4:40 to participate
Ushers: 3:00 sign in for meeting

How to Participate

PhD candidates are eligible to walk in the ceremony whether their degree is finalized before the ceremony date or after. To participate:

Cornell PhD Regalia

Cap and Gown

Doctoral regalia must be worn by PhD degree candidates, and may be rented or purchased.
Rent: order by April 15: price & order link
Purchase (optional): Herff Jones website

RSVP

RSVP form An RSVP is required by May 21 by PhD candidates planning to participate in the Hooding Ceremony.

(The link to RSVP will be posted here after 2/28.)

Commencement Packet

PhD candidates should obtain a Commencement Packet from 143 Caldwell Hall, per instructions from the Graduate School. The packet contains a letter from the Dean of the Graduate School, faculty invitation cards for the PhD Hooding Ceremony, and important information for the University Commencement Ceremony.

Arrival Time for PhD Candidates

Arrive at Barton Hall at 4:15-4:30pm. Wear cap & gown, but carry the hood.

Report to alphabetic tables along the red curtain to receive a name card for your name and field of study to be read during the ceremony. Carefully proofread all information on the card and make changes, if necessary. Ushers and Graduate School staff will be there to distribute name cards, assist with regalia, provide instructions for carrying the hood, and lining up candidates for the procession. Please arrive 4:15-4:30 to ensure enough time to have everything ready and be in place by 4:45 to participate in the procession.

The ceremonial program begins promptly at 5:00 as music begins and the University Marshal leads the formal procession of candidates, faculty, trustees, deans, provost, and president.

Tickets and Number of Guests

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

Faculty Invitation

PhD candidates are encouraged to invite special committee faculty members to this event. Two formal faculty invitations are provided in the PhD Commencement Packet to give to faculty members, but an invitation is not required for them to attend. Your invited faculty will not be hooding you, but may participate by walking in the formal procession wearing academic regalia (faculty may borrow at no cost) and be seated in the faculty area in front of the stage. Faculty planning to attend as a guest, not walk in the procession, may sit in guest seating areas and do not need to wear regalia. All faculty are welcome to enjoy the reception immediately following the ceremony.

Photographs

Professional photographs will be taken of you on stage as you shake hands with the President. You will receive an email from Grad Images within two weeks following the ceremony, with an option to purchase photographs. For photo questions, please contact Grad Images at 800-261-2576 or giservice@gradimages.com.

Parking

Campus roads are open during this event on Saturday. Guests may park in available spaces near Barton Hall as well as in the nearby Hoy Parking Garage. Special permits are not needed for parking during this event.

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 bus stops on central 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 PhD candidates will gather on the Arts Quad wearing cap, gown, and hood, to walk in the procession to Schoellkopf Stadium along with other degree groups. Following the ceremony in Schoellkopf, college ceremonies and receptions are held for graduates and their families at various college locations. Check with your field for specific details.

Diplomas

Diplomas are mailed, not distributed at the PhD Hooding Ceremony or University Commencement.


Contact Information

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