Johns Hopkins School of Education Doctoral Hooding Ceremony

May 20, 2024
7:00 p.m. ET
Homewood Campus, Shriver Hall

The Johns Hopkins School of Education Hooding Ceremony is a special event to recognize our doctoral student graduates. During the ceremony, each graduate will be announced, their dissertation or dossier title posted, and will be hooded by their advisor, co-advisor, or committee member (dependent on availability of faculty). For specific details, please review the information below. Additional questions can be directed to [email protected].

Hooding Process

  • Each PhD and EdD graduate are invited to participate in the doctoral hooding ceremony.
  • The SOE regalia website is available for candidate’s orders. All orders must be placed by April 5, 2024.


  • A photographer will be onsite to take photos of each graduate. Images may be purchased; additional details are forthcoming.


  • A light reception will follow the ceremony for graduates and their guests on Wyman Quad, directly in front of Shriver Hall.


  • Complimentary parking is available for graduates and their guests in South Garage, 3101 Wyman Park Drive, Baltimore, MD 21218.


What is the difference between Commencement, Graduation, and Hooding?

Commencement is for ALL JHU graduates, undergrad, master’s and doctoral, across the university from any division/program. Graduation is for ALL SOE master’s and doctoral graduates. Hooding is for SOE doctoral graduates only.

I RSVP’d for Graduation, is there a separate invite for Hooding?

Registration for the Hooding ceremony is available within the overall graduation registration page for applicable grads.

How many people can I bring to the Hooding ceremony?

There are no guest limits or tickets required for the Hooding or Graduation ceremonies.

The ceremony starts at 7 p.m., what time do I need to arrive?

All graduates are expected to arrive at Shriver Hall at 5:30 p.m. Guests are welcome to arrive starting at 6 p.m. and are asked to be seated by 6:45 p.m.

How long is the ceremony?

Depending on the number of registered attendees, the ceremony is expected to last at least 60 and up to 90 minutes. This year’s ceremony will not include the Society of Excellence Awards, which will be hosted as a separate ceremony.

Is there somewhere I can leave my personal items during the ceremony?

Any items left at graduate check-in are not secure. It is recommended that you leave any valuable personal items with a family member or friend.

Will there be water, or anything else to drink, during the ceremony?

Graduates will be provided with bottled water at check-in. Graduates and guests may bring bottles of water into the auditorium, but food and all other beverages are prohibited.  Light refreshments will be available at the reception following the ceremony.

If I can’t come in May 2024, can I come in May 2025?

Extended graduation availability was offered to students in 2022 ceremony, due to COVID. Currently, an extended invitation to hooding is no longer available.