School of Pharmacy and Health Professions
Friday, May 15, 2020 at 4 p.m.
Ryan Athletic Center & DJ Sokol Arena
Saturday, May 16, 2020 at 9:30 a.m
CHI Health Center Omaha
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.
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.
- Official Commencement Website
- Directions and Parking at CHI Health Center Omaha
- Registrar Commencement Information
- Order Photos-Hooding and Commencement (Available after ceremonies)
- Hotels offering special pricing near Creighton and downtown Omaha
- Honor Cord Distribution
- Academic Honors
- Order Graduation Announcements
- Parking at Creighton University
- Directions and Campus Maps
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.