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Doctoral Hooding Information

Coronavirus update:

Due to a ban on gatherings in New York State, and the requirement of our state and county departments of health to maintain social distance and reduce population density during the COVID-19 pandemic, we are canceling our planned May 2020 Commencement exercises. We are actively working on plans for alternative commencement and doctoral hooding events and celebrations. We know this is deeply disappointing to our graduates and their families, but Adelphi’s duty to adhere to official guidance and to protect our community and each other is paramount. Be assured that all students who are eligible and have completed their requirements toward graduation will still receive their degrees. We will share new celebration plans, once finalized, on this commencement webpage, our coronavirus information page, and by email to all our students.

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

4:30 p.m.

Performing Arts Center, Concert Hall

Adelphi University
1 South Avenue
Garden City NY 11530

When to Arrive and Where to Go

3:30 p.m. The doors to the Black Box Theatre open for Doctoral Candidate check-in. Please wear your robe, tam and tassel and carry your hood.
3:45 p.m. The Concert Hall opens to guests.  Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.  No tickets are needed.
4:00 p.m. Candidates begin lining up, with the procession beginning at 4:15 p.m. sharp.
5:30 p.m. Please join us at the reception in the PAC Lobby immediately following the ceremony


Please arrive promptly—making sure to leave enough time to compensate for traffic.

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Accessibility and Mobility Concerns

Adelphi University’s Concert Hall is wheelchair accessible and an ASL interpreter will be provided.

Students or guests with specific accessibility needs should contact the Student Access Office to ensure appropriate access on the day of the event.


Island Photography will be taking photographs of all graduates, but purchasing photographs is not mandatory. 

We request that family photographs be taken after the ceremony.

Academic Attire

At the doctoral hooding ceremony, you will carry your hood with the color signifying your area of expertise clearly visible. You will be individually hooded onstage by your faculty advisor.

Doctoral Attire


Students can choose to either rent or purchase custom attire. Please contact Justin Smith in the Bookstore at 516.877.3900 or to place your order. Please be advised that purchased custom attire orders take 6-8 weeks.


Candidates will be contacted when their attire is ready for pickup.

Rental Returns

Rental attire must be returned after the ceremony. The Bookstore will stay open until 7:00 p.m. that evening to facilitate your return.


For further information, please contact:

Academic Ceremonies
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