University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago

Special Hooding Ceremony
Class of 2020

Date:           Friday, May 8, 2020 at 10:00 a.m.

Location:    M.M. Thompson Rooms on the second floor of Student Center West (on the corner of Wolcott and Polk Streets.)

Registration is REQUIRED: Use this registration form to identify your hooders and total number in your party.  Students must send this survey before 3:00 p.m. Monday, April 13th.  The survey closes automatically at that time and event planning will rely on information from those who have complied with the registration deadline.  Please communicate your invitations and plans now and register before this deadline.

The Special Hooding Ceremony, held at 10:00a.m. on the morning of Graduation Day, is an optional event that provides the opportunity for MD and PhD candidates to be hooded by a family member, mentor, or faculty member who holds an MD, a PhD, PharmD, DDS or a comparable professional terminal degree. Examples of a terminal degree include, but are not limited to, a JD or DDS/DMD. Participation in this ceremony is an optional supplement to the College’s main Commencement Ceremony which begins at 2:00p.m. that afternoon.

Attendance at the Special Hooding Ceremony is open to the graduate’s family and friends. The graduates wear their cap and gown, specialty stole, and any honors cords or medallions (do not forget to bring the hood). Faculty members who are special hooders can wear either their own cap and gown or business attire. Special hooders who are friends and family members should wear business attire.

  • Graduates and hooders should arrive at Student Center West by 9:25a.m. to line up and receive instructions prior to the ceremony. Doors open at 9:15a.m. Guest seating is open and is first come, first served. The Student Center West is fully ADA compliant.
  • The mother, father, spouse, partner, sibling, grandparent, in-law, fiancée, or significant individual of the graduate who holds an MD or PhD or terminal degree.
  • A faculty member who has been a significant mentor or role model for the graduate and who holds an MD or PhD or terminal degree.
  • PhD candidates who participate at the Special Hooding Ceremony should be hooded by a family member or someone other than their faculty mentor. Their faculty mentor hoods them at the regular Commencement ceremony.
  • Up to two family members may participate in the Special Hooding Ceremony if each holds an MD or PhD or terminal degree.

Questions about the Special Hooding Ceremony can be directed to Stacey Walters at