Master's Hooding Ceremony

Save the date! The 2023 College Master's Hooding Ceremony will take place on May 13.

All master's degree students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences who are candidates for graduation are invited to participate in the Master's Hooding and Undergraduate Distinction/Highest Distinction Ceremony. This ceremony is a great way for you and your family and friends to recognize your academic achievement. 

Any master's degree student who graduates in the summer, fall, or spring semesters preceding the ceremony or any master's student expecting to graduate in the summer or fall immediately following the ceremony is welcome to participate.  Registration is required. 

If you wish to participate you should:

  1. Register to attend. Spring 2023 ceremony registration will open in mid-March.
  2. Coordinate with a faculty member to serve as your hooder. You should personally contact your faculty advisor/mentor and ask them to be present at the ceremony to hood you. If you change your faculty hooder after submitting your registration form, please email
  3. Purchase regalia (cap, gown, tassel, and hood) for the ceremony. For purchasing information, visit the KU Bookstore on level two of the Kansas Union or visit the graduation regalia section of the KU Bookstore website. We recommend ordering these items as soon as possible, and no later than May 1. Sizes become more limited as commencement approaches. Please review our hooding demonstration video below.

This event is free; however, tickets are required for all attendeesStudents may request up to 4 tickets and go on a waiting list for up to 4 more. Tickets are general admission and seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. If you have any friends or family who are unable to attend the event in person, they may attend remotely via the live streaming of the ceremony.  

Hooding Demonstration

Make things easier on you and your faculty advisor by following these steps to properly drape, carry and hand off your hood.

Master's Hooding FAQs

Any Masterʹs degree student who will graduate this spring, summer or fall or who graduated in the previous fall or summer is welcome to register to participate in the Masterʹs Hooding Ceremony.

Master’s candidate regalia includes a gown, hood, cap and black tassel. These items can be purchased at the KU Bookstores. We recommend placing your order as soon as possible, no later than May 1st. Sizes can run out as commencement approaches.

  • Master’s gown: Long sleeves closed at the end with the arm passing through a slit above the elbow. This differs from the bachelor’s gown, which has bell‐shaped sleeves.
  • Cap: Black mortarboard
  • Hood: The hood for College of Liberal Arts and Sciences candidates is black with a white velvet strip, with red and blue accents.
  • Tassel: Master’s candidates should wear a black tassel. The white tassel for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is for undergraduate students.

Nearly all hooders are faculty members. They wear regalia from the institutions where they graduated. In some instances, a staff member is asked to hood a student. In this event, if the hooder received a master’s degree but not a doctoral degree, he/she is also encouraged to wear regalia from their institution. If not, professional dress is appropriate.

If your faculty advisor/mentor is unable to attend, you may use the designated faculty hooder. You can either request this option on the registration form, or let a staff member at the ceremony know you would like to use the designated hooder.

Once the registration deadline passes, students and faculty who are participating in the ceremony will receive an e‐mail with instructions for the day of the ceremony. If you have not received this e‐mail and believe you should have, contact

The ceremony typically lasts one hour.

The Lied Center is located at 1600 Stewart Drive off of Irving Hill Road and 15th Street. There is plenty of parking available for all participants and guests.

If you graduated in the summer semester, fall semester or spring semester previous to the upcoming ceremony, your name will be included in the program unless you have opted out. If you are graduating in the summer semester or fall semester following the upcoming ceremony, you will be listed only if you are participating in the upcoming ceremony.

No. The Master’s Hooding Ceremony happens only in the spring. Students who graduate in fall or summer semesters are encouraged to participate in either the ceremony prior to or after their graduation semester.

This year, the Master’s Hooding Ceremony is combined with the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Distinction Highest Distinction Ceremony for Undergraduate student candidates.

The Master’s Hooding Ceremony is facilitated by the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences for its candidates for master’s degrees. The Doctoral Hooding Ceremony is facilitated by the university’s Graduate Studies office for all KU doctoral candidates.

Unlike the university‐wide commencement procession, this ceremony individually recognizes each participating graduate as he/she is called to the stage. This is a popular event for family and friends to attend as they can witness the hooding of graduates that symbolizes the completion of this phase of study.

Yes. The event will be live-streamed and viewable online.

You may request to be placed on a waiting list for additional tickets when you complete the registration form. Additional tickets are not guaranteed, but in the past, we have been able to accommodate most ticket requests.