Location and Timing
The College of Professional Studies Doctoral Hooding Ceremony and Graduation was held on Thursday, May 19, 2022 at Matthews Arena, 238-262 St Botolph St, Boston, MA 02115 from 10:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M. ET.
The doctoral hooding ceremony is a special, intimate ceremony designed for our doctoral students.
The livestream of the doctoral hooding ceremony and graduation has ended. Watch the recording here.
All photos by Heratch Ekmekijan
May 2022 Doctoral Hooding FAQs
Eligibility for May 2022 Hooding Ceremony
2022 Degree conferral dates (EdD, DLP, DPT programs):
- September 2021
- December 2021
- April 2022
July 2022 and September 2022 conferral dates will be invited to a Hooding ceremony at a later date.
Will the ceremony be COVID-19 safe?
Yes. As with every aspect of our campus reopening and throughout our academic year, our utmost priority is the health and safety of our community—including the family and friends participating in person. Our events will comply with Massachusetts state guidelines.
Visitors must remain away from campus if they feel sick, have tested positive, or believe they may have been exposed to COVID-19.
Are there COVID-19 testing requirements for attending graduates? What about their guests?
Northeastern University Celebrations and Ceremonies: At this time there are no testing requirements for graduates or their guests, please read more about about these guidelines here.
Arrival Time for Graduates
Check in for graduates will take place at 8:30 a.m. (subject to change) on the 1st floor of the Gainsborough garage located directly across from the Matthews Arena parking lot. Failure to check in may result in your exclusion from the ceremony. It is very important that candidates do not arrive after 9:30 a.m.
Arrival Time for Guests
Doors open for guests at 9:00 a.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.
Note: College provided Doctoral gowns are all black with black velvet.
Graduates will be responsible for the cost of shipping to their location. Domestic shipping is $15.95 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 May 19 ceremony is Monday, April 18th. We strongly encourage not waiting to place your order.
College of Professional Studies will not be holding in person regalia pick up, all regalia must be ordered online.
Parking and Transportation
Complimentary parking for the ceremony will be made available in the Columbus Garage (795 Columbus Avenue, Boston). The garage is a considerable walk from Matthews Arena. If your guest has a mobility issue, it is advisable that you provide a wheelchair and/or drop off your guest at the Arena with an escort prior to parking. Parking is handled on a first come first served basis.
Number of Guests
Each graduate is invited to bring 6 guests to the Doctoral Hooding ceremony.
No additional tickets will be offered.
Admission to the ceremony is by ticket only; general seating applies.
Children 2 years or younger who are able to sit on an adult’s lap for the duration of the ceremony do not need a ticket. Please note that strollers are prohibited. Children older than 2 years must have a ticket.
All tickets can be claimed through your Marching Order account.
Contact [email protected] with any questions or assistance regarding tickets.
Guest Entry and Seating
Guests enter at the main entrance of Matthews Arena.
Individuals with mobility issues may use the elevator located inside the main entrance. Northeastern University and/or Arena staff will be available to assist you. Specific seating locations have been designated within Matthews Arena for wheelchair access only. Guests who use wheelchairs are to be accompanied by no more than one escort and will be directed to these areas by facility personnel. Availability is on a first-come, first-served basis.
Graduates will be seated according to degree. It is highly recommended that graduates make arrangements with their guests to meet after the ceremony at a specified location away from the immediate vicinity of Matthews Arena. Your cooperation in doing so will help alleviate the congestion resulting from ceremony attendance and expected pedestrian and vehicle traffic within the immediate area.
For safety reasons, the following items are not permitted inside the Matthews Arena for the ceremony:
- Baby Strollers
- Outside food/beverages
- Backpacks or bags larger than 12″x12″x12″. Women’s handbags of acceptable size may be allowed entry after search
- Wrapped gifts
- Laser pointers or similar items
- Firearms or other weapons
- Artificial noisemakers
All guests and their belongings will be subject to search, at the discretion of Northeastern University. Patrons with prohibited articles will be turned away at the entrances. There is no storage or check-in area for such items. Enforcement will be without exception.
Out of consideration for others, we ask that mobile devices be turned off during the ceremony and that all guests remain seated until the end of the ceremony and after all the graduates have left the Arena.
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, and subject to change. Graduates will be given advance notice regarding diploma mailing dates. Diplomas cannot be picked up on campus.
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. Doctoral tams are not included in this package. However, if you are interested in wearing a tam, you may purchase one on your own. Many graduates have success finding and ordering tams through Amazon.