Doctoral Hooding

Location and Timing

The College of Professional Studies Doctoral Hooding Ceremony hosted its second Doctoral Hooding Ceremony on November 12, 2021 at the Westin Copley Place, 10 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02116 from 3:00 pm. To 5:00 p.m EST. 

The doctoral hooding ceremony is a special, intimate ceremony designed for our doctoral students.

Doctoral Hooding FAQs

Northeastern is updating its protocols to require full vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test for external visitors attending indoor events, in addition to wearing masks while indoors.  This includes all students and their guests for our Hooding celebration on November 12th.  

Visitor health and safety requirements: As part of our continuing commitment to the health and safety of the Northeastern community, Northeastern is updating its protocols to require full vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test for external visitors attending indoor events. All external visitors 12 and older who attend campus indoor events are required to present one of the following forms of documentation:

  • Proof of Vaccination
    • Either the original vaccination card or printed or digital documentation providing proof of being fully  immunized ( Must be fully immunized at least 2 weeks from the event date (no later than October 31, 2021), and
    • For those 18 and over, a matching photo identification card in the same name as the COVID-19 vaccination card (state issued driver’s license, state issued ID card, or passport)
  • Negative COVID-19 Test
    • Either a printed or digital PDF of a negative COVID-19 test result within 72 hours prior to the guest’s campus arrival
    • A negative PCR/molecular test or a negative rapid/antigen test administered by a healthcare professional that includes their name and the date of the test as proof. Self-administered at-home rapid/antigen tests will not be accepted.

2021 Degree conferral dates (EdD, DLP, DPT programs):

  • June 2020
  • August 2020
  • December 2020
  • April 2021
  • July 2021

As a doctoral graduate of CPS from the class of 2020, you may choose to attend both a hooding ceremony AND the Alumni commencement event, solely a hooding ceremony, solely the alumni commencement event, or attend neither.

For the CPS hooding ceremony, candidates received a communication to their Northeastern email address back in June 2021 inviting them to RSVP to attend either the September or the November date option. Deadline to complete RSVP for either date was in July.  

The Office of Alumni Relations has also invited our 2020 alumni to join a commencement celebration for the class of 2020 during Homecoming Weekend. This celebration is scheduled for November 13, 2021, at Matthews Arena, and will include all members of the class of 2020 university-wide (Undergraduate, Masters, and Doctoral levels.) More information can be found here.

For information regarding the Alumni Commencement event: Contact [email protected]. Note that the deadline to register was June 3rd.

Check in for graduates will take place at 1:30 p.m. (subject to change) on the 4th floor of the Westin Copley Hotel in the America Ballroom ( Accessible via escalator or elevators.)  You will then be directed to the student line up area to check in.  It is very important that candidates do not arrive after 2:30 p.m.

Doctoral candidates should order their academic regalia (black cap-mortarboard, tassel, black gown, and hood) through our vendor’s website directly. These items are provided at no cost and may be kept as a memento of the occasion.

Graduates will be responsible for the cost of shipping to their location. Domestic shipping is $11 and international shipping is $60. It is important that you allow at least three weeks for processing and shipment (extra time if international).

The deadline to order a cap and gown in order to receive it in time for the November 12 ceremony is Wednesday, October 18th.

We recommend public transportation or alternate transportation as a first option.

Both the Copley station on the Green Line and Back Bay Station on the Orange Line or Commuter rail are each located just one block away from the Westin Copley Place hotel. 

 If driving, however, there are many public parking lots in walking vicinity of the Westin Copley, such as:

  • Copley Place Central Garage
  • Prudential Center Garage
  • 100 Clarendon Street Garage

Rates at each facility will vary.

Discounted valet parking ($34) is available at the Westin Copley Hotel parking lot on a first come, first serve basis. Vouchers will be available on site from a Northeastern staff member on the day of the ceremony to receive the discount.

Doors of the America Ballroom will open to guests at 2:00 p.m EST. The ceremony will start promptly at 3:00 p.m.

The ballroom is located on the 4th floor and is accessible via escalator or elevators from the hotel lobby.

We are pleased to announce we are able to update the allotted number of guest tickets to 3 tickets for each graduate.  Graduates will find the third guest ticket updated in their Marching Order account as of October 25th, 2021.  Please make sure to claim and print all additional tickets needed for your guests prior to the ceremony.

 All guests will need a ticket in order to be admitted into the ceremony.

Contact [email protected] with any questions or assistance regarding tickets.

A professional photographer will be available at the ceremony to take photographs of you in your official Northeastern academic regalia. The photographer will mail proofs, with information on ordering photos, to all degree candidates following the ceremony.

This ceremony is exclusively for eligible Doctoral candidates. Your faculty adviser will present you with your Doctoral Hood at the ceremony.

Diplomas will be mailed four to six weeks after degrees are officially awarded by the Office of the Registrar. International mail requires an additional one to two weeks. These time frames are estimates, subject to change due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Graduates will be given advance notice regarding diploma mailing dates. Diplomas cannot be picked up on campus.

Please see the Commencement Office website for more information regarding diplomas or contact [email protected] with any questions.

Doctoral candidates attending the ceremony will receive academic regalia (black cap-mortarboard, tassel, black gown, and hood) that are provided at no cost and may be kept as a memento of the occasion. However, if you are interested in wearing a tam, you may purchase one on your own. Many have success finding and ordering tams through Amazon.

If you have questions about the CPS Graduation or Doctoral Hooding ceremonies, please contact [email protected] or phone 1-833-NU-LEARN (1-833-685-3276).