Graduate Hooding

Dominic Barton congratulating PhD student while being hooded.

PhD and master's hooding

Supervisors of PhD and master's graduands are invited to participate in convocation by hooding the students that they have taught, advised, supervised and mentored throughout their years as a PhD or master's student. Graduate hooders participate in the Chancellor's procession and sit on stage throughout the ceremony.

If you are interested in hooding a PhD or masters graduand, please send an email to

Special hooding

University of Waterloo faculty and staff as well as faculty of other post-secondary institutions are invited to hood a student, family member, friend or colleague who is graduating with a PhD or a master's degree. Special hooders participate in the Chancellor's procession and sit on stage throughout the ceremony.

Due to new undergraduate hooding protocols, undergraduates will hood themselves prior to crossing the stage.

If you would like to participate in special hooding, please send an email to  

Where to queue for the Chancellor's procession

Members of the chancellor's procession will meet in the Chancellor's robing room in the Student Life Centre, room 2143/2144. Participants should arrive in the SLC robing room by 9:15 a.m. (morning ceremony), 1:45 p.m. (afternoon ceremony) or 5:45 p.m. (evening ceremony). Chancellor's procession participants will line up for the procession under the direction of the University Registrar.

Gowns and Regalia

Arrangements for academic gowns for members of the chancellor's procession can be made by completing the registration form for the chancellor's procession and luncheon. Borrowed gowns and regalia should be returned immediately following the end of the ceremony.


If you have any questions, please contact