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In order to be eligible to participate in the 2019 Doctoral Hooding Ceremony you:
If you have eligibility questions, please contact Academic Services at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Graduates who filed in Summer 2018, Fall 2018 and Winter 2019 will receive invitations to the ceremony in mid-April. Doctoral candidates who successfully file in Spring 2019 will receive the invitation link to MyUCLA to RSVP to the ceremony and to request guest tickets.
Starting 24-48 hours AFTER receiving the ETD approval email from the Graduate Division, you may request up to 4 guest tickets for family and friends and 1 waitlist ticket through www.my.ucla.edu by selecting Event Reservation Form from the Campus Life tab.
In order to have your name and dissertation title listed in the 2019 Doctoral Hooding program, you must have successfully filed by 5 p.m. PST on Monday, June 3, 2019. Submissions after that date may not make it into the program.
Please note that if you file between June 3rd and June 12th, you are still eligible to participate in the 2019 ceremony and request guest tickets.
Due to the increasing number of doctoral graduates and limited seating capacity in Royce Hall, graduates will only be able to order up to four (4) guest tickets and request one (1) waitlist ticket. Faculty do NOT need tickets. They are invited separately by the Graduate Division.
Mailing Option vs. Pick-Up Option
1:30 p.m. Graduates check-in on Royce Quad. If graduates have any extra unused guest tickets, please turn them in at the Royce Hall will-call window.
Graduate and faculty reception on the West Terrace of Royce Hall.
Light appetizers and beverages will be served at the reception. Due to space restrictions, family members and friends may not accompany the graduates to the graduate/faculty reception in Royce Hall.
2:00 p.m. Doors open in the auditorium for guest seating.
2:40 p.m. Processional line-up begins. The official party will lead followed by the faculty and graduate processionals
3:00 p.m. Hooding ceremony begins. The anticipated duration is 2 hours.
5:00 p.m. Post-ceremony gathering outside on Royce Quad.
A pink or yellow reader card will be provided to you when you check in at the ceremony. It will not only serve as your admission to the ceremony, but it will also be used to announce your name as you come forward to be hooded. Should you have a difficult name to pronounce, please print the phonetic pronunciation of your name where indicated.
You will also receive a card with a QR code printed on it. This will be used to project your name on a screen on the stage while you are being hooded.
Graduates are responsible for renting OR purchasing their own cap, gown and hood for the ceremony. Ordering can be completed through Graduation, Et Cetera. Questions should be directed to Graduation, Et Cetera (A-Level of Ackerman Union, 310- 825-2587).
If you are receiving your PhD degree, you should purchase/rent a Royal Blue hood. However, professional doctoral degree recipients should request the appropriate hood color representing their fields of learning:
Environmental Science & Engineering – Golden Yellow
Education – Light Blue
Music – Pink
Public Health – Salmon Pink
NOTE: Graduation, Etc. is the official Jostens vendor for the purchase and rental of regalia. Thus, they are licensed to reproduce the official UC colors and brand their gowns as University of California. There are other regalia vendors with whom you wish to do business. However, please note that we have no corporate responsibility information from their factories to determine where their materials are being resourced, or how/where they are being produced.
Tips for preparing your gown for your big day:
Following the event, you may return your rented regalia to the collection tables outside Royce Hall. Caps, gowns and hoods may be kept and turned in later if you are participating in a separate ceremony during commencement weekend.
Graduates will be photographed by GradImages as they are being hooded during the ceremony. Graduates may purchase prints following the event and will be contacted directly by GradImages.
Visit Graduation, Et Cetera to purchase graduation announcements.
Formal or candid portraits can be scheduled at the Campus Photo Studio on the A-level of Ackerman Union. Sittings may be arranged in person or by calling 310-206-8433. Academic attire will be furnished without charge for use in the Campus Photo Studio. Portrait prices vary according to individual needs.
Instructions on How to Wear Your Cap and Carry Your Hood.
Parking Structure 2 & 4 are the designated lots for graduates and guests attending the ceremony (space permitting). UCLA Parking Services attendants will staff both lots. There will be limited availability at Parking Structure 5 for disabled parking.
Parking permits are $12 (The rate for guests parking with a disabled parking placard is $5).