Doctoral Hooding and Commencement

More details will be provided as the date of the ceremony approaches. Please check this page regularly for updates.


Doctoral Candidates

Application to Graduate and Exit Survey

In order to graduate, all AIC graduates must complete the Application to Graduate and Exit Survey. Follow the link above to the MyAIC Commencement page, scroll down to useful links and click Application to Graduate and Exit Survey.


Follow the link below to order doctoral candidate regalia. Follow the prompts and select either “Doctor Package Ship to School” or “Doctor Package Ship to Home”. Regalia will need to be ordered by 4/3/18 if shipped to your home or 4/13/18 if shipped to AIC. Regalia shipped to AIC can be picked up at the Campus Store.

Order Student Regalia

Arrival Time for Graduates

All doctoral candidates should arrive at Courniotes Hall Room 112 at 1 p.m. to meet and robe.

About the Ceremony

The Doctoral Hooding Ceremony celebrates the unique and substantive contributions to academic and professional knowledge our students have made in their respective fields after years of work.

At exactly 2:00 p.m., the marshals will start the procession leading you from Courniotes Hall 112 to the theater. 

Follow the person in front of you. If you are in the proper place in line, the marshals will see to it that you are put in the proper seat and that you eventually arrive at the stage when your name is called.

After reaching your seat, please remain standing until after the invocation. Watch the platform party; remove and replace your caps when they do. Then, on instruction from the stage, please be seated. Follow the program for a smooth ceremony and to make sure you are ready for your moment when it comes.

How long is the Ceremony?
International Students

Bringing Guests

Doctoral candidates are encouraged to invite up to four guests to the doctoral hooding. Candidates who do not need all four tickets and candidates who need more than four tickets should contact the Registrar’s Office. Tickets for guests can be picked up at the Grad Salute on Thursday, March 22, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.-6 p.m., and Saturday, March 24, from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the Campus Center Auditorium. If you cannot attend a Grad Salute please notify the Registrar’s Office at 413.205.3212.

Guests are encouraged to arrive at the Griswold Theatre when doors open at 1 p.m.

Special Accommodations
Inviting Foreign Guests to Doctoral Hooding

Directions, Map and Parking

AIC Griswold Theatre Directions
Dining and Lodging


If you have any questions about the Doctoral Hooding Ceremony please contact the Registrar’s Office by phone or in person using the contact information below.

Registrar’s Office
Lee Hall
Hours: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday – Friday

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