Ph.D. Candidate Information

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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Ceremony: 4 p.m., DeBaun Auditorium, Edwin A. Stevens Hall

Reception: 5 p.m., Edwin A. Stevens Front Lawn (Babbio Atrium, if raining)



What is a hooding ceremony?

The hooding ceremony is a special recognition event for doctoral degree candidates.  The ceremony is similar to a graduation in that faculty and students are dressed in academic attire.  This ceremony is tailored as a special honor for graduating doctoral students.


Who performs the hooding?

Each doctoral candidate is asked to invite a faculty member to assist the Dean of Graduate Academics. The faculty member may be the candidate’s faculty advisor or another faculty member of the candidate’s choice. If a faculty member is not available, faculty members will be available.


What occurs during the ceremony?

During the ceremony, the Dean of Graduate Academics and the Provost will make brief remarks. The Dean of each school will call the names of each candidate and faculty member. The faculty member and the Dean of Graduate Academics will place the doctoral hood on the graduate, signifying their completion of the graduate program.


Who is invited to attend?

Graduating doctoral students may invite their friends and family.  Invitations to graduates will be sent to your Stevens email address from the Office of Graduate Student Affairs.


Does the hooding ceremony replace commencement exercises?

No, the ceremony is in addition to the Graduate Commencement exercises, which are scheduled on Wednesday, May 21 at 10 a.m. 


Where can I order my academic regalia (cap, gown and hood)?

Orders can be placed through the Campus Bookstore website at  The deadline to order your academic attire is midnight on April 4, 2014.  There is no fee for your basic academic attire to use for the hooding and commencement ceremonies.


Can I purchase my own custom Stevens doctoral academic regalia?

Doctoral students have the option to purchase custom Stevens doctoral regalia, yours to keep, at your own expense.  Information was sent to all doctoral degree candidates with regards to measurement and pricing.  Orders can be placed through the Campus Bookstore website at deadline to purchase your own academic attire is midnight on March 21, 2014.


When do I pick up my academic regalia?

 You may pick up your academic regalia in the Campus Store during the following dates and times.


Monday, May 12 from 1:00-7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, May 13 from 1:00-7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, May 14 from 1:00-7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, May 20 from 1-3 p.m.


You may pick up your cap and gown in the Lobby of Edwin A. Stevens Hall starting at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 20, 2014, Room 222.


Do you have additional questions or require special needs?

Please contact the Office of Student Life at 201-216-5699 or