Doctor's Hooding Ceremony-Commencement Weekend - Carnegie Mellon University

Hooding Ceremony Details

Saturday, May 17

8 p.m.
Wiegand Gym, first floor, University Center

Robing and procession line up begins at 7 p.m. in Rangos Hall, second floor, University Center

Doctor’s candidates will be individually recognized and hooded. Hoods should be worn at the main commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 18.

  • The ceremony will last approximately 1.5 – 2 hours
  • Caps and gowns are required for graduates.
  • Tickets are NOT required, however seating in Wiegand Gym is limited and is first come, first served.

All degrees will be conferred at commencement and diplomas will be distributed at department or college diploma ceremonies.


A reception will be held in Rangos Hall and Schatz Dining Room, second floor, University Center, immediately following the hooding ceremony. All doctor’s candidates, their guests and ceremony participants are invited.


  • Guests are encouraged to remain in their seats and enjoy the ceremony.
  • A professional photographer will photograph candidates as they approach the stage to be hooded.
  • Candidates will receive a free digital proof of this photo within 5-7 days of the ceremony.
  • Pre-register your email address and receive $5 off orders of $25 or more.
  • To order prints, visit GradImages or call 800-261-2576.
  • Questions?  Email

For Doctor's Candidates, Faculty and Ceremony Participants

  • Each doctor’s candidate will invite a faculty member to assist in hooding him or her on stage during the ceremony.
  • Doctor’s candidates should contact their department's commencement coordinator to confirm their participation in the ceremony and the name of their faculty hooder no later than March 21, 2014.
  • For more information, download the doctor's hooding ceremony planning guide.