Hooding Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions

Q: What is the Hooding Ceremony? How is it different from Commencement?

A: The Hooding Ceremony is a special recognition for graduates receiving a final master’s degree or a Ph.D.  All candidates are individually recognized at the Hooding Ceremony, whereas at Commencement students cannot be recognized individually.  As with Commencement, all faculty and students wear academic regalia at Hooding. Ph.D. candidates may receive their hood from a faculty member (usually their adviser), who participates in the ceremony with them, or from the chief marshal. Students receiving a master’s degree will be hooded by the chief marshal. The Hooding Ceremony is for graduate students only and does not replace Commencement. The Commencement Ceremony, held the next day, includes graduate and undergraduate students and is the official conferring of degrees. The hooding of doctoral and master’s candidates prior to Commencement is an honored and special tradition at Princeton. For many participants it symbolizes the culmination of graduate studies and the degree receipient's transition from student to colleague.