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2020–21 TGS PhD and MFA Hooding Ceremony Eligibility

The Graduate School's 2021 PhD and MFA Hooding Ceremony is tentatively scheduled to take place during the weekend of June 12-13, 2021 to coincide with Commencement. It is our hope that we will be able to host an in-person ceremony pending public health guidance. More details will be shared as they become available.

Please note that September 2021 graduates will not be eligible to participate in this year’s hooding ceremony, regardless of format (virtual or in-person). While TGS has been able to grant exceptions to include Summer Quarter graduates who complete their degrees by early June in the past, Commencement will take place a week earlier in the academic calendar, and we anticipate additional complexities with our 2021 ceremony.

If you would like to participate in the hooding ceremony next June, please make adjustments now to ensure your degree will be awarded in Spring 2021 or before.

As a reminder, our annual hooding ceremony is open to all PhD and MFA graduates of TGS programs that are in partnership with the following schools:

In order to participate in the 2021 hooding ceremony, graduate students must have their degree conferred in August 2020, December 2020, March 2021, or June 2021. We also plan to invite 2019–20 TGS PhD and MFA graduates to our ceremony in June 2021, if it is safe to do so.

Starting in February 2021, The Graduate School will email an Intent to Participate form to eligible PhD and MFA graduates who complete all degree requirements. This form must be submitted on or before May 7, 2021 to participate in the 2021 hooding ceremony.

Please email Victoria Williams, TGS events & outreach manager, at victoria.williams@northwestern.edu with any questions.