Doctoral Hooding

Location and Timing

The College of Professional Studies Doctoral Hooding Ceremony will take place on September 9, 2021 from 3:30 P.M. EST to 5:30 EST at Matthews Arena, 238-262 St. Botolph Street, Boston, MA 02115.

A second Doctoral Hooding Ceremony will take place on November 12, 2021 at the Westin Copley Place, 10 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02116.

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

Graduates from both the class of 2020 and the class of 2021 were asked to RSVP to attend one ceremony or the other.

Please see important health information below.


The livestream of the ceremony has ended. Watch the recording of the event below.

Doctoral Hooding FAQs

In alignment with the public health guidance issued for the city of Boston, Northeastern’s COVID 19 protocols for events, including our CPS Doctoral Hooding, will include adhering to the indoor mask mandate.  To safeguard the health and wellness of the Northeastern community, the university will require students, faculty, staff, visitors, and vendors to wear masks indoors—regardless of vaccination status. 

Visitors must remain away from campus if they feel sick, have tested positive, or believe they may have been exposed to COVID-19. All visitors will be required to adhere to Northeastern face-covering requirements and practice six-feet physical distancing where possible, if unvaccinated. All visitors must comply with federal, state and local guidelines and/or regulations.

It is the responsibility of each graduate and their guests to ensure that they have masks for the event and any non-vaccinated guests to practice six-feet physical distancing, where possible.  All graduates are expected to check the Northeastern COVID 19 guidelines prior to attending graduation and to follow the guidelines outlined.

As always, Northeastern University will continue to monitor health and safety conditions and adapt our event protocols based on local public health conditions and scientific expertise. Thank you for your flexibility and for taking these measures to protect the health of the Northeastern community and our guests.

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

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

2020 Degree conferral dates (EdD, DLP, DPT programs)*:

  • June 2019
  • August 2019
  • December 2019
  • March 2020

*The above listed conferral dates were part of the May 2020 virtual celebration.

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, you may choose to attend either the September or the November date option.

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.

To RSVP for the Alumni Commencement: Contact [email protected]. Note that the deadline to register was June 3rd.

September 9 Ceremony: Check in for graduates will take place at 2:00 P.M. in the Matthews Arena parking lot.

November 12 Ceremony: Arrival time and information to be updated.

Doctoral candidates can order their academic regalia (cap-mortarboard, tassel, 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.

*You must order your cap and gown through this website as there will be no in person pick up of these items.*

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 3 weeks for processing and shipment (extra time if international).

Deadline to order a cap and gown to receive in time for the September ceremony: Wednesday August 18th

September 9 Ceremony: A reception will be held immediately following the ceremony from 5:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. at Matthews Arena.

November 12 Ceremony: A reception will be held immediately following the ceremony from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Westin Copley Place.

Complimentary parking for the ceremony is available in the Columbus Garage (795 Columbus Avenue, Boston). Parking is also available in the Renaissance Parking Garage (835 Columbus Ave, Boston) for a fee. The garages are 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 on a first come first served basis.

September 9 ceremony: Each graduate is invited to bring 4 guests to the September hooding ceremony. Additional tickets may be awarded, pending availability. We will announce if there are extra tickets two days prior to the ceremony. At that time, tickets can be retrieved on a “first-come, first-served” basis. There is not a waitlist for tickets nor a list for ticket requests.

 Doors will open for guests at 2:30 p.m.

November 12 ceremony: Each graduate is invited to bring 2 guests to the November hooding ceremony. Additional tickets may be awarded, pending availability. Should additional tickets become available we will announce how extra tickets can be retrieved.

A professional photographer will be available at the ceremony to take photographs of you in your official NU 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.

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 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).