Schedule Overview

  • Doctoral students will be hooded by their Dissertation Committee Chair during the ceremony. If the Dissertation Committee Chair is not present, graduates will be hooded by their Department Chair.
  • 7:30am-8:00 am: Student check-in.
  • 8:00am-8:30am: Students and guests enter the venue, students will sit in assigned seats, guests will have general seating.
  • 8:30am-10:30am: Ceremony
  • Reception with light refreshments following the ceremony at Associates Park, behind Bovard Auditorium.


Bovard Auditorium seats about 1000 guests. Please note there is only general seating for guests and it is first come first served. Keep this in mind when inviting guests. Graduates will have assigned seating


  • PhD Hoods are dark blue.
  • All students place their rental orders for cap and gown online.
  • Graduates must be wearing robes and caps in order to enter the venue. Graduates are advised to bring their doctoral hood with the button unfastened.
  • Tassels should be worn on the right side of the cap.

Parent & Guest Information

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Grad Cards are required to participate in the Viterbi PhD Hooding Ceremony. Details will be released soon.


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Published on March 1st, 2019

Last updated on November 29th, 2023