PhD and special hooding

phd graduate being hooded on stage

PhD hooding

Supervisors of PhD 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 student. PhD hooders participate in the chancellor's procession and sit on stage throughout the ceremony.

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 bachelor's or master's degree. Special hooders participate in the chancellor's procession and sit on stage throughout the ceremony.

If you would like to register as a special hooder you must email to make arrangements before Friday October 11, 2019. Any requests received after this date will not be accomodated.   


Arrangements for academic gowns for members of the chancellor's procession will be made by completing the registration form. Participants who are graduates of the University of Waterloo will be provided with the appropriate Waterloo gown and hood. Participants who are graduates of other institutions will be provided with black gowns if they do not own their own regalia. Borrowed gowns and hoods must be returned immediately following the end of the ceremony.

Where to queue for the chancellor's procession

Chancellor's procession members should arrive in the chancellor's robing room (Student Life Centre, room 2134) by 9:30 a.m. (morning ceremony), 2 p.m. (afternoon ceremony) or 6 p.m. (evening ceremony).


If you have any questions, please contact