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Doctoral Hooding

Congratulations on your upcoming commencement ceremony!  We look forward to celebrating with you!  Please read below for information on where to be and what to expect the day of graduation.  Details are subject to change as COVID safety protocols evolve.

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Requirements


If you plan to participate in the hooding ceremony, you must have:

*Eligible candidates will receive email notification with more specific instructions.


Before the Ceremony

1. Purchase Your Cap or Tam, Tassel, Gown and Hood


What to Buy

Your doctoral gown should be black or garnet (available by special order only) and your tassel should be gold. Your hood depends on your discipline. Check with your program, department, or the University Bookstore to confirm the correct doctoral hood.

Where to Buy

Order your University of South Carolina academic regalia in person at the University Bookstore in the Russell House or complete your order online. For assistance, call the University Bookstore at 803-777-4160.


2. Optional: Order Personalized Announcements

Order official personalized invitation cards and announcements from Balfour, the representative company for the University of South Carolina. Shop online  among packages and individual products that will help you announce your accomplishment in style.

3. Make Arrangements with Your Major Professor

Your major professor will accompany you onto the stage and assist with your hooding.

Remind Your Major Professor.....

They will need to bring their own cap, gown and hood to the ceremony.

If Your Major Professor Cannot Be at the Ceremony.....

If your major professor is on sabbatical or otherwise cannot attend the hooding ceremony, consult with your major professor to arrange for another member of your committee or faculty to accompany you onto the stage.


 The Day of the Ceremony


Where to Go

The ceremony will be held at the Koger Center on December 13th at 9:30 a.m.  Masks are required.

When to Arrive

At least one hour before the ceremony begins.

What to Wear

You should be robed and have on your cap or tam, with hood in hand when you arrive for the ceremony. There will be no rooms in which to leave your personal items such as purses, phones, etc. So please do not bring anything that you do not absolutely need.

Guests 

Guests are welcomed.  Tickets are not required.  However, social distancing will be encouraged and masks are required.


Approximate Schedule


1 hour before ceremony

Candidates and faculty escorts should arrive at the Koger Center and proceed to the check-in stations in the lobby for further instructions.

30 minutes before ceremony

Everyone should be seated in procession order.

30 minutes before ceremony

Faculty who wish to be part of the ceremony but are not hooding candidates should arrive.

5 minutes before ceremony

Platform Party Procession begins.

1 hour after ceremony begins

The hooding ceremony ends. Graduates and faculty will process out of the Koger Center after the Platform Party leaves the stage.


Reception

A reception for you, your guests and the faculty will be held after the exercises conclude. We look forward to celebrating with you!

 


Photography

Professional photographers will take pictures from an assigned area. Information about how to access these pictures will be sent to you after the ceremony.

Photo Galleries

Video


Questions?

Please contact gradcomm@mailbox.sc.edu.


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