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UCLA Graduate Division

Doctoral Hooding Ceremony - Commencement Overview 2015

The 2015 Doctoral Hooding Ceremony will be held in Royce Hall on Thursday, June 11, 2015 at 3:00 p.m.. Please continue to check back for further details with regard to the full schedule, logistical details, guest ticketing, parking, etc.

Graduates are welcome and encouraged to attend both this ceremony and the one conducted by their department or school. Please note, however, that this is the official ceremony for the award of the doctoral degree.

Doctoral Graduate Information

  1. In order to be eligible to participate in the doctoral hooding ceremony, the student must file the doctoral dissertation on or before June 2, 2015. Following successful filing of the dissertation, the student will receive a notice via email with instructions on how to RSVP to the ceremony and to request guest tickets.
  2. In order for graduates to have their names and titles included in the printed hooding program, the Graduate Division recommends filing by May 19, 2015. Submissions after that date are not guaranteed to make it into the printed hooding program.

Due to limited seating in Royce Hall and the large number of graduates, each graduate will be able to request up to 3 guest tickets for family and friends + 1 waitlist ticket. Waitlist tickets will not be guaranteed and will be distributed via lottery only if seats are still available once all graduates have been granted their initial guest ticket (up to 3) requests. (NOTE: Faculty do not need tickets. They are invited and seated on stage.)

  1. Graduates are responsible for renting/purchasing their own cap, gown and hood and bringing them to the ceremony. Ordering can be completed online through Graduation, Et Cetera. If there are questions, please contact Graduation, Et Cetera (A Level of Ackerman Union, phone [310] 825-2587). Graduation announcements can also be ordered through Graduation Et Cetera.
  2. Formal or candid graduation portraits can be scheduled with 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.


View the Webcast of the 2014 Doctoral Hooding Ceremony.

Photo Gallery

View the 2014 Doctoral Hooding Ceremony Photo Gallery.

General Information

Visit the UCLA Commencement site to view the schedule of all UCLA commencement ceremonies, maps, hotel and restaurant guide, and services for the elderly and disabled guests.