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Graduate/Professional Hooding Ceremony

For many, a major highlight of the completion of a graduate or professional program is the recognition of the hard work that goes into the achievement of a Master’s, Specialist in Education, or Doctoral Degree. The Graduate School, along with the entire UT community, looks forward to helping you celebrate your success with your friends and family.

The spring 2021 commencement ceremonies will be in-person, to allow graduates to have that direct experience of being recognized along with fellow graduates, friends and family in attendance. But steps will be taken to ensure that the celebration is safe for all, meaning that it will be different from previous years in a number of ways. One thing that remains the same is that the Graduate School is proud of all the graduate and professional students who have demonstrated the resilience, diligence, and persistence to succeed.

The Spring 2021 Graduate and Professional Hooding Ceremony will be held on May 7 at 4:00 p.m. in Neyland Stadium.

To stay up-to-date on all the details for the Spring 2021 Graduate and Professional Hooding Ceremony, be sure to check your email from the organizers and visit the UT Commencement website which will provide information on:

  • schedules
  • registration
  • safety protocols
  • limits on family members and ticketing (for students considering inviting international family members, please contact the Center for Global Engagement).


In order to participate in the ceremony, you must be dressed in the proper academic regalia. It is your responsibility to order your regalia through the VolShop at the Student Union. If you have any questions, please contact the Graduate Counter at the VolShop at the Student Union (865-974-3459).

You must pick up your regalia from the bookstore prior to arriving at the ceremony. It will not be available for pickup at the event.