Hooding and Recognition Ceremony

Over two days, these deeply rooted traditions celebrate and honor your accomplishments at Princeton.

Registration for the 2024 Hooding and Recognition Ceremony and Commencement is now closed. Please contact [email protected] with any questions. 

Hooding and Recognition Ceremony: Monday, May 27, 2024

The Hooding and Recognition Ceremony is a special recognition for graduates receiving a final master's degree or a Ph.D. This ceremony is for graduate students only and does not replace Commencement. The Commencement Ceremony, held the next day, is the official conferring of degrees. 

Presided over by President Christopher L. Eisgruber and Dean Priestley, the program lasts for approximately 2.5 hours. All candidates are individually recognized, and all faculty and students wear academic regalia. Ph.D. candidates may receive their hood from a faculty member (usually their adviser), or from the chief marshal.  

Guest seating begins at 3:30 p.m. Guests are not permitted in the student assembly area. 

Hooding and Recognition Ceremony Map
  • Location: Cannon Green (behind Nassau Hall)
  • Eligibility: Ph.D. and final master's candidates
  • Honorees / guests: Open to all advanced degree (Ph.D. and final master’s) candidates and guests, no tickets required. 

12:00 - 2:00 p.m. – Hooding and Recognition Luncheon

  • Guests for the Hooding and Recognition Lunch are limited to the graduate, plus two guests. 
  • Location: South Lawn, Graduate College

3:30 - 4:00 p.m. –Assemble for ceremony

4:30 p.m. – Ceremony begins


Commencement Ceremony: Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Guest seating begins at 8:30 a.m. For complete details, visit the University's Commencement website.

  • Location: Weaver Stadium
  • Eligibility: Ph.D. and final master's candidates
  • Honorees / guests: All registered graduates will receive eight guest tickets. (Registered degree recipients themselves do not require tickets.) Tickets will be grouped together, then mailed to the graduates with mailing addresses in the United States (graduates with mailing addresses abroad will need to pick up their tickets on campus, ticket pick up dates and instructions to follow). International students who need invitation letters to secure family visas should submit requests to [email protected]

 8:30 a.m. – Formation for Commencement

 9:30 a.m. – Commencement begins

10:00 a.m. – Commencement exercises

12:00 p.m. – Commencement Reception

  • Alumni Engagement is proud to welcome its newest members into Princeton’s alumni community. Immediately following Commencement, celebrate the completion of your graduate degree with family and friends at a casual reception in the Frick Atrium. Formal invitation will be mailed to the graduate closer to the date of the event.


  • Advanced degree recipients for the May degree period will receive their diploma by mail. Please make sure to submit the advanced degree application by May 9, 2024 as your diploma will be mailed to the address provided on your advanced degree application. Please note that it may take six (6) to eight (8) weeks after the degree date for the diploma to arrive. We strongly encourage you to supply an address that you will have access to for at least six (6) months after graduation. 
  • September '23, November '23, January '24, and March ’24 advanced degree recipients should have received their diploma by mail.

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