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Graduate Hooding Ceremony

Spring 2016 Graduate Hooding Ceremony

Thursday, May 12, 2016 from 7:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m. (EST)
Thompson-Boling Arena
Graduates Arrival Time: 6:00 p.m.

Information for graduates participating in the Hooding Ceremony

Registration|| Invite International Family Members|| RSVP|| Ceremony Program|| Cap, Gown, and Hood|| Location|| Parking|| Arrival Time|| Guest Seating|| Check-in|| Master's Seating|| Doctoral Seating|| Staging|| Photography|| Webcast|| Adjournment|| FAQ's!


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Online registration for Spring 2016is now open. Contact if you have questions about registration.


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In order for your name card to be printed, you must register by 5:00 p.m., Friday, April 29, 2016.

Ceremony Program

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If you placed a privacy request on your student records, your name will not appear in the printed program. If you want to remove the privacy request, you must call Charlene Ingle 865-974-1501 in the Registrar's Office.

The listing of names in the Program should not be construed as an indication that a degree will be awarded. Conversely, the absence of a student's name from the list of graduates does not necessarily mean that the student will not be awarded a degree.

Cap, Gown, and Hood

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Only those students dressed in proper academic regalia (cap, gown, and hood) will be allowed to participate. Graduates are responsible for ordering regalia through the UT Bookstore Graduation Supplies webpage. Please contact the University Book and Supply Store's Graduate Counter (865-974-3459) if you have any question. You mustpick up your regalia from the bookstore prior to the arriving for the ceremony. It will notbe available for pick-up at the arena!


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Thompson-Boling Assembly Center & Arenais located at the corner of Neyland Drive and Lake Loudoun Drive in Knoxville, TN. Graduates should look for signs directing them to the proper entrance. Guests will be directed to the concourse level.


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Parking for all guests and participants is available in Garage G-10, which is located between the arena and the stadium. You may access this garage by Phillip Fulmer Way. Please check for any road closure notices in the UTK campus at

Arrival Time

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Graduates must arrive at the Arena early with cap, gown and hood. Please allow sufficient time for traveling. We may not be able to accommodate students arriving after one hour prior to start time. The ceremony will last approximately 90 minutes to two hours.

Guest Seating

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No tickets are required. Unlimited seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Handicap seating is also available on the concourse level.


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All graduates must check-in upon arrival in order to receive your name card. Only those students dressed in academic regalia will be allowed to participate. Until you reach the stage, you must have your name card with you at all times. If you wish to have photography proofs mailed to you, be sure to include your mailing address on the back of the card.

Master's and Specialist in Education candidates must check in at the Master's Check-In area, which will be located in the East Hallway nearest to G-10 garage. Graduates should look for signs directing them to the correct location. Master's candidates will wear their hoods for the entire duration of the ceremony.

Doctoral candidates check-in at the Ray Mears Room, which is located in the West Hallway nearest to Lake Loudoun Drive.

Check the space arrangement of the ceremony

Master's Seating

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After receiving your name card, Master's candidates should proceed to the row of seats designated for each college and be seated. Ushers will be available for seating assistance. The first candidate in each row must carry a card bearing the name of the college.

Candidates must be seated in their college section half an hour prior to start time. During the ceremony, ushers on each side of the row will prompt candidates when to rise and move toward the stage. Please watch the ushers for the cue to rise. Candidates will exit their seats to the left and process to the stage.

Doctoral Seating

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Doctoral candidates should arrive no later than an hour prior to the ceremony start time and receive a name card upon entering the Ray Mears Room. Graduate School staff will instruct doctoral candidates and hooders in seating, processing to the stage, and the proper way to hood and be hooded.

Please stand adjacent to your assigned area, each designated by college signs. A half an hour before start time, Graduate School staff will instruct doctoral candidates and hooders in lining up, processing in, processing to the stage, and the proper way to hood and be hooded.

Doctoral candidates and hooders will process in after the stage party and will be seated on the right side. At the appropriate time (and after Master's candidates), doctoral candidates and hooders will be cued by ushers on each side of the row to stand. Doctoral candidates and hooders will exit their seats to the right and process to the stage, with hooder in front and followed by the candidate.


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You must give your name card to the Reader of Names to receive recognition upon crossing the stage. The first candidate in each college must also give the Reader of Names the college card, which will be supplied immediately prior to the beginning of the ceremony. Only students possessing a name card will be allowed to cross the stage. Proceed to accept congratulations from your college dean.

Doctoral students will be hooded on stage by a member of their doctoral committee. If a hooder is not available, the doctoral student will be hooded by the college dean.


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As a courtesy to all in attendance, please have your guests refrain from advancing to the front of the stage to take photos as you are walking across. A professional photographerwill be taking photos as graduates shake hands with the dean on stage. Graduates must include their mailing address on the back of their name card if they wish to be mailed a photo proof. After the ceremony, the stage will be available for additional graduate and guest photo opportunities.


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The event will be webcasted LIVE during the ceremony. You can bookmark the link or send it to family members who cannot attend the ceremony.

Past Webcasts

The following links are an archive of past webcasts of hooding cermonies.

Note:For some of these links, you may be asked to download the Microsoft Silverlight plugin.


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After you leave the stage, return to your designated seating area and remain seated until the conclusion of the ceremony. Do not leave any personal items or valuables unattended at any time during the ceremony. Once the ceremony has been adjourned, you may meet your guests and make your departure from the Arena.