The following is an explanation of the progression of the event:
At approximately 11:15 a.m. we will begin forming the line of graduates. You will
line up in single file in seating order, by program. Your group will be led in the
procession by your Faculty Program Director. The marshalling order will be posted
on the second floor level, so please check it to be sure you are in the right place
in line (right isle should be reverse alphabetical and left isle should be in alphabetical
order). At 11:30 a.m., the procession will move into Verizon Hall. Upon arrival, the
faculty marshals (Program Director) for each program will lead the procession to the
graduate seating area, and direct participants to an open row. All graduates will
be in the audience and arrive there first, followed by the faculty members who will
be seated on stage. Please remain standing at your seat until all faculty members
arrive on stage and await the Provost's signal to be seated (when the faculty is seated).
The commencement ceremony will be presented in American Sign Language through on stage
interpreters for the duration of the program. Please let the Office of Academic Affairs
know if anyone is hearing impaired.
The ceremony will include: the National Anthem; an invocation; a major address and
honorary degree presentation; speeches and remarks from classmates and administrators;
the conferral of degrees; the hooding of graduates; a concluding statement and recessional.
Degree Conferral Ceremony
At the appointed time in the program, Provost Kenneth Veit, DO, MBA, FACOFP will invite doctoral students in clinical psychology to please stand. President Jay Feldstein, DO will bestow the degree on your group. Once the degree is bestowed upon the graduates,
graduates should start moving to the bottom of the steps and wait at the bottom of
the steps until the Dean calls your name. When your name is called, walk across the
stage front, accept your rolled diploma from Dr. Feldstein, shake his hand, shake
Provost Veit's hand, and then proceed to the hooding area where the appropriate faculty
member will hood the graduate. Graduates are hooded by their program director, department
head or faculty adviser as determined by the academic program. Any member of the academic
procession may assist in hooding without special approval.
At the Time of Hooding
Remove your cap, turn and face the photographer in the audience, your adviser will
hood you, then place your cap back on.
Returning to Your Assigned Seat
The graduate should then turn around, continue to the end of the platform to exit
the stage and return to his or her assigned seat. Please remain standing at your seat
until all of the graduates have returned to their seats.
Moving the Tassel
Once the degree is bestowed upon the graduates in all nine programs, Provost Veit
will instruct you to move your tassel from the right to the left side.
Following the closing prayer, faculty will lead the procession and the Dean or his
designee will direct you to follow the faculty out to conclude the ceremony. You do
not have to return your cap, gown and hood. They are yours to keep. If your diploma
is ready for pick-up, please proceed to the lounge immediately following the ceremony.
Graduates are hooded by their program director, department head, or faculty adviser
as determined by the academic program. Any member of the regular academic procession
may assist in hooding without special approval.
The following relatives have been identified and approved as guest hooders: parents,
grandparents, siblings and spouse who are graduates of any PCOM degree program. No
relatives other than those listed nor graduates of other institutions may serve as
In addition, the graduate may request hooding by any member of the PCOM faculty, administration,
or Board of Trustees.
HOODING INFORMATION FORM [PDF]
- The Hooding Information Form [PDF] should be returned to Donna Feeney-Figaniak in the Office of the Dean no later than
June 13. This form should include the name, relationship, year and place of graduation
of your guest as well as cap and gown information. Please sign the form to attest
to the truthfulness of the information given.
- Two weeks prior to graduation, a letter will be sent to the guest hooder with specific
- The guest hooders will march in academic procession with PCOM faculty and sit on stage
during the ceremony. At the appropriate time, they will be directed to come forward
for the hooding after which they will return to their seats and process with faculty
at the conclusion of the ceremony.