Hooding Ceremony

Hooding Ceremony.


School of Pharmacy and Health Professions

Hooding Ceremony 
Friday, May 15, 2020

Download the Hooding Ceremony Program.

Student Speakers – selected by their peers to provide remarks
Occupational TherapySiera Becker
Pharmacy Kateri Petto
Physical TherapyMatt Toone

University Commencement
Saturday, May 16, 2020
Ceremony available to view at 1 p.m. Central time
Download the Honors and Commencement Program

Complete list of events and completion items for graduates.

Class of 2020 photos submitted by graduates
Send us your photos celebrating with family/friends in your regalia.  Email photos to Bobbi Applegate (bobbiapplegate [at] creighton [dot] edu).

Physical Therapy Graduate Well Wishes

Post photos to any social platform using #CreightonGrad

What is the Hooding Ceremony?

The hooding ceremony is where graduates formally receive the academic hood representing their profession. At Creighton University, professional degree candidates, such as M.D. (medicine), J.D. (law), Ph.D. (philosophy), OTD, DPT and PharmD are “hooded” with academic attire in a special ceremony held within their school. Candidates carry the hood to the stage, where their name is announced and the faculty place the hood over the candidate’s head. At the hooding ceremony, all candidates recite the oath or pledge of their profession. 

Candidates for degree completion then wear the academic hood as part of their academic attire to University Commencement. The academic hood is a symbolic piece of academic attire worn over the gown. It goes over the head and looks like a medieval hood draping over the shoulders and flowing down the back. It is made of velvet in the color of the profession (OT-ink, pharmacy-olive green, PT-teal) and silk in the colors of the University (royal blue and white), as well as a black cotton to match the gown. Candidates for the OTD, DPT and PharmD degrees proceed in academic attire, sit together and cross the stage as their names are read by the Master of Ceremony. General Information

Graduates are encouraged to invite family members and friends to both ceremonies. Relatives and guests will be seated on a first-come, first-served basis, and no reserved seating will be accommodated. All Creighton University and CHI Health Center Omaha facilities are handicap accessible for guests with disabilities. There is adequate seating for all guests, and tickets are not needed for either ceremony.

Photographers will be capturing key moments in both ceremonies and guests will not be allowed to approach the stage. Individual photos will be available for purchase afterwards through a web application. 

Important Deadlines

University Commencement

Hooding Ceremony

In Absentia

Students who complete their degree program in the spring semester are required to be present at University Commencement in May to receive their degree(s). Students who complete their degree program in any other semester will need to indicate they are not able to attend the School’s May hooding and University Commencement. The respective deans, or their representative (listed below for SPAHP) of the Schools and Colleges of the University are responsible for clearing  all participants in the University Commencement ceremony.  

Students who have extreme circumstances and cannot attend any ceremony must indicate in the application for degree their intention regarding attendance at the school’s hooding ceremony and/or University Commencement and contact Dr. Kelly K. Nystrom, Acting Assistant Dean, Office of Academic and Student Affairs, to receive approval to not attend.