Doctoral Hooding Ceremony Information for Faculty

RSVP and Attendance

An invitation and RSVP link will be sent to all UCLA Faculty in mid-April 2020.

Faculty will be seated on stage facing the audience behind the platform party.

NOTE:  Due to the high number of graduates and time constraints, pre-designated hooding marshals from the platform party will hood the candidates, rather than dissertation committee members.

Special Guest Tickets

Faculty will be able to request up to two (2) special Special Guest tickets during the RSVP process.  Guests of faculty will be seated in a reserved section on the orchestra level of the auditorium.  Guest tickets will be mailed to your campus address up through Thursday, June 4, 2020.  Thereafter or by request if earlier, they will be held at the Graduate Division office (1237 Murphy Hall) for pick-up.


The Graduate Division DOES NOT order academic regalia.

In addition to placing regalia orders online via MyUCLA (preferred), regalia can also be ordered by completing the Graduation, Etc. order form and faxing it to x52794. Regalia from other universities (not UCLA) must have been ordered by April 10, 2020 for guaranteed delivery. After April 10th  only UCLA regalia (blue and gold) will be available to order. Orders will be accepted up until May 29, 2020.  After this date, please contact Jason Amorosi at Faculty deliveries will begin June 1, 2020 and continue thru Commencement weekend, as later orders are received.

For any regalia concerns, please contact Jason Amorosi directly at 310.206.1442 or in person at Graduation, Etc. in Ackerman, A-level.

It has a tendency to get very warm on stage, so please wear lightweight clothing underneath your regalia.

“Day of Event” Timeline

Event staff will be on-site and available to provide information and assistance on the day of the ceremony.

1:30 p.m. Graduate and Faculty reception on the West Terrace of Royce Hall

2:20 p.m. Doors open in the auditorium for guest seating

2:40 p.m. Processional line-up begins

3:00 p.m. The official party leads the faculty processional on the stage
The graduate processional follows
Hooding ceremony

5:00 p.m. Post-ceremony reception on Royce Quad

Once the hooding ceremony commences, chairs, co-chairs and members of a dissertation committee should plan to stand when the candidate(s) crosses the stage to be hooded. This will be announced at the beginning of the ceremony.

NOTE: Due to the high number of graduates and time constraints, pre-designated faculty hooding marshals will hood the candidates rather than individual dissertation committee members.

Official Platform Party

If you are a member of academic leadership or have been designated as a hooding, reading or faculty processional marshal, you will receive separate, specific instructions from the Graduate Division.