Doctoral Hooding Ceremony Information for Candidates

Virtual Celebration Information for Candidates


In order to be eligible to participate in the 2020 Virtual Celebration you must meet the following criteria:

  • You must have filed a doctoral dissertation approved by the Graduate Division during the Summer 2019, Fall 2019 or Winter 2020 term OR you must file a doctoral dissertation approved by the Graduate Division during the Spring 2020 term on or before Monday, June 1, 2020,  by no later than 5 p.m. PDT. For information on filing: filing your doctoral dissertation.
  • In order to participate in the virtual celebration, you must be a doctoral graduate.  Master’s students should contact their department regarding commencement ceremonies.

If you have eligibility questions, please contact Academic and Postdoctoral Services at


Graduates who filed in Summer 2019, Fall 2019 and Winter 2020 will receive invitations to the virtual celebration beginning second week of May. Doctoral candidates who successfully file in Spring 2020 will receive a link to RSVP, which will then allow you to confirm your participation in the virtual celebration.

In order to have your name listed in the Virtual Celebration website you must have successfully filed by Monday, June 1, 2020 no later than 5 p.m. PDT. Submissions after the previously specified date are not guaranteed to have their name listed or graduate celebration page included on the celebration website.


When you receive an invitation link to confirm your participation to the virtual celebration, do not share the link with others as it is personalized to you. You can only submit one response and it cannot be edited, updated and/or deleted.

All names* of the doctoral graduates will be listed by major on the celebration website. In the RSVP, you will be asked how you wish to be included in the celebration:

  • List name only on the celebration website
  • List name on the celebration website AND display doctoral degree, major, dissertation title, committee chair(s), and a photo** (optional)
    • Photo you can submit
      a) Personal photo: A professional-looking headshot with full face-and-shoulders shot facing the camera;
      b) Research-related photo. Please ensure that it is copyright-free image with permission to use.
    • Resolution and format requirements
      • Photos should have an image size no larger than 325 (width) x 500 (height) pixels. Images larger than that size will be cropped to that dimension.
      • The orientation should be in portrait view.
      • Formats accepted: JPG, JPEG, PNG, BMP image file.
      • Maximum file size is 5MB.

*Graduate names with FERPA restrictions on their official student records will not be published.
**All photographs/images submitted will be reviewed prior to being published. Any submitted photograph/image violating the Terms of Use will be removed without further notice.



We encourage graduates and their friends, families, and colleagues celebrating at home to post and share their virtual celebration photos on social media. Tag @uclagradschool and use the hashtag #UCLADoctoralClassof2020.