Graduate School Doctoral Hooding and Graduation Ceremony



The Graduate School Doctoral Hooding and Graduation Ceremony

will be held on

Friday, December 13, 2019

at 2:00 p.m.

Student Activities Center Ballroom W215

Reception Immediately Following

The Graduate School is pleased to hold the Doctoral Hooding and Graduation Ceremony. This is a very special ceremony held to recognize those students in receipt of a MFA (Master of Fine Arts),  Au.D. (Doctor of Audiology), DNP (Doctor of Nursing Practice), Ed.D. (Doctor of Education), or Ph.D (Doctor of Philosophy).  Each candidate is announced individually, processes on-stage and is joined by their faculty mentor(s). The President, Provost, Dean DeMarco and the Unit Dean join the candidate and their mentor(s) at center stage for the formal vesting ceremony. The President confers all doctoral degrees and diplomas are presented during the ceremony.


To be eligible to participate in the Doctoral Hooding and Graduation Ceremony, one must have had their degree awarded prior to December 2019 or must complete all requirements to receive their degree in December 2019. A student’s eligibility to participate will be determined by the office of the Graduate School.

Doctoral candidates and their faculty mentors must order academic apparel by October 31, 2019. Faculty mentor rental apparel will be paid by the university. Student apparel must be paid by the student at the time of ordering. Apparel must be ordered from the ordering page on this website. By contract, only approved University of Louisville custom apparel is permitted for participation in the Doctoral Hooding and Graduation Ceremony.  You may not use apparel purchased from another vendor. 

It is important for all doctoral candidates to discuss participation in the ceremony with their faculty mentors.  Should the mentor be unable to participate in the ceremony, the doctoral candidate should select another member of the dissertation committee to participate in the ceremony.


    Please contact Courtney Kerr 502-852-6497 with questions related to the Doctoral Hooding and Graduation Ceremony.


    Please note the location for the December 2019 Doctoral Hooding and Graduation Ceremony. The ceremony will be held in the Student Activities Center Ballroom room W215.