Graduates receiving doctoral degrees (Ed.D. and Ph.D.) need to select and notify the University of Illinois faculty member who will hood them at the College of Education’s Convocation Ceremony at Huff Hall.  This person may be your advisor, director of dissertation research, or another faculty member. The person serving as the hooder must have an earned doctorate degree and wear the appropriate academic regalia.  Dean James Anderson will hood those who do not designate a hooder.

At the university-wide Commencement ceremony you also have the opportunity to designate a hooder. Your hooder does not need to be an Illinois faculty member. Please inform the Commencement Office at if you designate a specific hooder so that participation instructions can be emailed to them. If your hooder is not a faculty member they will need to order their rental attire at

At the university-wide Commencement ceremony, all hooders wear academic regalia, march in the procession and are seated together.  Only one hooder is allowed onstage per candidate at the university-wide Commencement ceremony.

Master candidates will wear their hoods and will not be hooded at either ceremony.