2018 Doctoral Hooding Ceremony
Saturday, May 12, 2018 at 9:30 a.m.
Dean E. Smith Center
Letter from the Dean
Through your years of hard work, your creativity and your determination, you've achieved something truly remarkable: the completion of your graduate studies. Congratulations! The Doctoral Hooding Ceremony is focused on recognizing your accomplishment. We hope you will take part in this ceremony, scheduled for Saturday, May 12, 2018 at the Dean E. Smith Center. We welcome family members, friends and anyone else you would like to invite.
Each doctoral graduate student who participates in the ceremony will be called to the stage to have the hood of the commencement regalia conferred by his or her adviser or other departmental faculty member.
Please review the rest of our site for answers to frequently asked questions and other important information you'll need to know about participating in the Doctoral Hooding Ceremony. Graduate students are also encouraged to attend the University-wide Commencement Ceremony on Sunday, May 13, 2018.
Please accept my sincere thanks for what you've given your University — through your teaching, research and service — while pursuing your own ambitious academic goals. You've enriched Carolina during your years here, and I wish you abundant success in your careers.
Steve Matson, Ph.D.
Dean of The Graduate School
Professor of Biology
Hooding Ceremony Speaker: Dr. Kathryn Lofton
Dr. Kathryn Lofton is a professor of religious studies, American studies, history and divinity at Yale University. She is a critic of popular culture and historian of religion, with two books — Oprah: The Gospel of an Icon (2011) and Consuming Religion (2017) — in which she explores the intersection of popular culture, with its emphasis on personal consumption, and spirituality.
Dr. Lofton is an administrative leader with a commitment to making universities truly inclusive and equitable institutions. She is chair of the religious studies department at Yale and is a past chair of the university's Program in Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies and of LGBT studies. In 2016, she was appointed Yale's inaugural Faculty of Arts and Sciences deputy dean for diversity and faculty development.
She received both her master's and doctoral degrees in religious studies from UNC-Chapel Hill. Dr. Lofton has received many awards for excellence in teaching, beginning with several prizes during her time at UNC-Chapel Hill, including the 2005 Tanner Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching by a Graduate Teaching Assistant.
All May 2018 doctoral candidates, and the 2017 August and December graduates, will receive an electronic invitation to the Hooding Ceremony. Please RSVP by the deadline posted within that email.
Specific Information for the Day of the Hooding
- Check-in for all doctoral graduates participating in the May Hooding will begin at 8:00 a.m. inside Entrance D of the Dean E. Smith Center.
- Once checked-in, please find your faculty adviser (or alternate faculty member who plans to confer your hood) and proceed together to the first floor (lower level) for the processional line-up. The stairwell and elevator leading to the 1st floor are located at the check-in area inside Entrance D.
- Please do not carry gifts or other valuables with you to the processional line.
Caps and Gowns
Regalia for the doctoral graduates will be available to purchase through the UNC Student Stores. Contact Sarah Hockaday or the graduation department at Student Stores at firstname.lastname@example.org
Commencement announcements can be purchased through Herff Jones.
Questions about generic announcements should be directed to UNC Student Stores, (919) 544-3332 or 800-837-4235.
Doctoral diplomas will be available for distribution in the Registrar's Office, located at the Student Academic Services Building, immediately following general Commencement, on Sunday, May 13, until 2 p.m. and during regular business hours for the three weeks immediately following commencement weekend. If your department has a separate ceremony, check with your department to determine whether or not they intend to distribute diplomas at their ceremony.
Accessible Seating and Parking
Services for guests with disabilities or medical conditions are available. If guests have a state issued handicapped hangtag, they can park in the Williamson Lot directly across from the Dean Smith Center. The lot will be clearly marked with the appropriate signage. Golf carts will pick-up guests needing assistance from the lot and drop them at Gate A.
Accessible seating is located all along the concourse level in the Dean Smith Center. No ticket is required for seating. If you require other accommodations (interpreter services, more specialized seating, etc.), please contact Accessibility Resources & Service at email@example.com or (919) 962-0754; NC Relay 711.
Non-Hooding Faculty who are attending the Hooding Ceremony and wish to march in the academic processional should arrive at the Smith Center (Entrance D) no later than 9:00 a.m.
Faculty members are expected to wear full academic regalia. All custom doctoral regalia is purchased online through the student stores website. Faculty who hold Carolina doctorates may also purchase distinctive Carolina regalia. Deadline and purchase information can be found through Student Stores.
Reserved parking for faculty will be in the top tier of the Manning Lot.
All guests are welcome to attend the Hooding Ceremony May 12, 2018. No tickets are necessary for guests to attend and there is no restriction on the number of guests invited per each graduate. Guests should arrive between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. and enter the Dean E. Smith Center at Entrance A or B. Please do not bring gifts into the Dean E. Smith Center.
Local Visitors Bureaus
The Chapel Hill/Orange County Visitors Bureau and the Durham Convention & Visitors Bureau web sites provide information on local lodging, restaurants, scheduled events, shopping, tours, and area resources.
Parking for guests attending the Doctoral Hooding Ceremony on Saturday, May 12 will be available in most lots surrounding the Dean E. Smith Center. They include the Manning lot (on Bowles Drive between the Smith Center and Family Practice), the Bowles lot (Bowles Drive behind Craige Dorm) and the Business School Deck. Disability parking is available in the Williamson Lot across the street from the Smith Center by presenting a disability permit/placard or license plate. Guests needing parking accommodations for the elderly and not having a disability permit/plate or placard should contact Accessibility Resources and Service at (919) 962-8300.
Reserved parking for faculty and Deans will be in the top tier of the Manning Lot. Parking for members of the Platform Party and Deans will be in the Dean E. Smith Center Lot, behind the Koury Natatorium and the Smith Center.
Professional photographers from GradImages™ will be on stage at the Hooding Ceremony to photograph each student as they receive their commencement hood. Free proofs will be mailed to you and online viewing will be available at gradimages.com. There are no fees for reviewing the proofs and there is no obligation to purchase photographs.
Scholarships and Financial Aid
Graduating students who have borrowed a Federal Stafford Loan while attending Carolina must complete Stafford Loan Exit Interview. Students should go to mappingyourfuture.org/oslc/ to complete an online Stafford Loan Exit Counseling session. The Office of Scholarships and Student Aid will be notified automatically once you complete the online session. Please save the confirmation page for your records.
Graduating students who have borrowed a Federal Perkins or Health Professions Loan or any long term University Loan must complete Exit Counseling by accessing the ECSI website. Students may contact the Office of Student Accounts & University Receivables at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Frequently Asked Questions
1.What time do graduates need to be there?
The 2018 Graduate School Doctoral Hooding Ceremony will be held in the Dean E. Smith Center. The processional will begin promptly at 9:30 a.m. Students and their faculty advisers should arrive no later than 8:30 a.m. in full regalia.
2. How long does the ceremony usually last?
The ceremony will be over no later than noon.
3. Can I be hooded during this Ceremony but not officially graduate until later this year?
Unfortunately, no. Only candidates who have met all degree requirements for a May graduation (and August and December graduates from the PREVIOUS academic year) will be hooded at each Hooding Ceremony. If you officially graduate in a future semester, you will be invited to the following year's Hooding Ceremony.
4. Where do we park?
Parking for guests attending the Doctoral Hooding Ceremony on Saturday, May 12 will be available in most lots surrounding the Dean E. Smith Center. They include the Manning lot (on Bowles Drive between the Smith Center and Family Practice), the Bowles lot (Bowles Drive behind Craige Dorm) and the Business School Deck.
Reserved parking for faculty will be in the top tier of the Manning Lot. Parking for members of the Platform Party and Deans will be in the Dean E. Smith Center Lot, behind the Koury Natatorium and the Smith Center.
5. Is there handicapped parking?
Disability parking is available in the Williamson Lot across the street from the Smith Center by presenting a disability permit/placard or license plate. Guests needing parking accommodations for the elderly and not having a disability permit/plate or placard should contact Accessibility Resources and Service at (919) 962-8300. Contact Accessibility Resources and Service with requests for handicapped parking or seating, SASB, Suite 2126, (919) 962-8300.
6. Will they call out my name?
Yes. Doctoral candidates will be individually recognized as they cross the stage.
7. How do I find out when my department is having its ceremony?
Please visit the School and Departmental Ceremonies & Receptions on the UNC main website
8. Where do I get my diploma?
Doctoral diplomas will be available for distribution in the Registrar's Office, located at the Student Academic Services Building, immediately following general Commencement, on Sunday, May 13, until 2 p.m. unless your department is having a departmental ceremony on Sunday. Check with your department to determine whether or not they intend to distribute diplomas at their ceremony. All diplomas not picked up on Sunday will be mailed in the following weeks.
9. Is there housing on campus for Commencement?
No, housing is not available on campus for parents and guests. A list of hotels in the area is available on the Chapel Hill/Orange County Visitors Bureau and the Durham Convention & Visitors Bureau websites.
10. Are tickets required for guests?
No tickets are necessary for guests to attend and there is no restriction on the number of guests each graduate can invite.
11. When should guest arrive?
Guests should arrive between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. and enter the Dean E. Smith Center at Entrance A. Please do not bring gifts into the Dean E. Smith Center.
Helpful Phone Numbers and Web Sites
- Registrar's Office (919) 962-3956
- Disability Parking or Seating
- Accessibility Resources and Service (919) 962-8300
- Special Event Parking (919) 962-3951
- Caps, Gowns & Announcements
- Student Stores, email@example.com
- Alumni Membership
- General Alumni Association (919) 962-0742
- Graduate School
- Main Office — (919) 966-2611 or (919) 962-6329
- General Commencement Information
- University Events Office — (919) 962-2821
Information about the university-wide commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 13, 2018.