Doctoral Candidate Details

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Doctoral Student Records

Doctoral candidates for the degrees Ph.D., D.M.A., Ed.D., D.N.P., and D.P.T. will have biographical information listed in the commencement program book. Details may include your prior earned degrees, major, dissertation or essay title, and dissertation advisor. To ensure the accuracy of the information printed in the program book please carefully review the details of your application for graduation in CaneLink. If any information is missing or incorrect, please see your program director to update the records before submitting the application for graduation.

All students will apply for graduation prior to actual completion of the degree and defense of dissertation. For more information visit the Graduate School website.

Doctoral Hooding Process

Doctoral hooding will not be taking place in the December 2021 ceremonies to maintain physical distancing.

The doctoral candidates will be hooded on stage during the commencement ceremony. The Graduate School will designate the faculty hooders for all candidates. Candidates earning the Ph.D., D.M.A. and Ed.D. degrees may be escorted on stage by their faculty dissertation advisor. The advisor will be seated with his or her candidate(s) for the duration of the ceremony. An advisor is not required to be present.

Graduates will proceed to the stage where they will be hooded by the preselected faculty hooders. The advisor, if present, will stand beside the candidate and assist in the hooding process. Once the candidate is hooded, the advisor will exit the stage immediately and proceed to the photography station at the back of the room. Please note: if your advisor is seated on stage, you must wait for them at the bottom of the ramp. Do not walk up the ramp or have your reader card scanned if your advisor is not present.

The graduate will then proceed across the stage to be congratulated by the president and dean. Graduates will exit the stage and move to the back of the room for an additional photograph with their advisor before returning to their seats.

Click here to view a video of the hooding process

Doctoral Hooding Rehearsal and Reception

The Graduate School will host a hooding rehearsal followed by reception for ALL doctoral degree candidates. Additionally, Ph.D., D.M.A. and Ed.D. candidates who elect to be escorted to the hooding platform by their dissertation advisor during the ceremony should invite their advisor to the rehearsal. The rehearsal gives an opportunity for all doctoral candidates and dissertation advisors to practice the hooding. Please note, all candidates are hooded by pre-selected faculty of the Graduate School.

Doctoral Custom Regalia

Doctoral students have the option to purchase custom University of Miami doctoral regalia. To place your order, please visit the Herff Jones ordering site.