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Doctoral students in red and black regalia wave at the crowd at the graduation ceremony.

Doctoral Hooding & Master's Recognition Ceremony

Whether you are a first-time graduate, graduate student, parent or UC faculty member joining in the celebration, this will be a memorable day for you. Find details and information on the commencement website.

Date: Friday, August 3
Location: BB&T Arena, Northern Kentucky University campus (approximately 9 miles from UC’s Uptown Campus) 
The ceremony begins at 2 p.m. 
Doors will open for graduates and their guests at 1 p.m. (this is a ticketed event)
Will Call opens at 9 a.m.

Graduates with Limited Mobility or Special Accommodations

All graduating students with limited mobility concerns or who require special accommodations should contact the Commencement Office at least two weeks in advance to receive additional information for the ceremony at


The last day to pick up tickets, request that tickets be held at Will Call, or to request additional tickets was Friday, July 13. Any tickets not claimed by 4 p.m. on July 13 were released to other graduates who were on the wait list.

Purchasing Regalia

Doctoral Regalia

The red doctoral regalia robe with three black velvet stripes on each arm and black bands down the front of the gown, with a golden UC seal on the upper left chest.

"Fine quality doctoral regalia" robe

Students participating in the Doctoral Hooding Ceremony must have official UC regalia. Doctoral students may choose between the "student elements doctoral regalia" (total package: $192.00) and the "fine quality doctoral regalia" (total:  $778.00).  ONLY officially licensed UC regalia is permitted to be worn for participation in the ceremony.

The deadline to order fine quality doctoral regalia was June 18, and the deadline to order student elements doctoral regalia was June 28.

Student Elements Doctoral Regalia

Purchase online at the Jostens UC webpage:

  • Click on the right hand side "Graduation Caps & Gowns"
  • Select Student Doctoral
  • To purchase complete unit, select the first option and customize.
  • Height, weight, and head measurement (circumference in inches) is needed.
  • Ala carte options are available. Note: tams do not come with tassels, purchase separately.
  • Deadline for the summer ceremony was June 28, 2018

Fine Quality Doctoral Regalia

Purchase by placing an order with the UC bookstore. The deadline to purchase Fine Quality Doctoral Regalia for the summer ceremony was June 18, 2018.

All orders will be shipped directly to the student and usually ships within 5 weeks.

Master's Regalia

Please visit the Commencement website for information on purchasing master's regalia.

After Graduation