Hooding at the graduation ceremony is performed by the appropriate associate deans. They may be assisted by members of the graduate’s immediate family who have earned a doctoral degree, or by WVSOM faculty and staff who have earned a doctoral degree. Any other individual who has earned a doctoral degree may be allowed to assist in hooding upon written approval of the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean at least two weeks in advance of the graduation ceremony

Graduate will need to fill out the hooding request form and submit to the Dean’s office. 

We need to know the name and credentials of your special hooder; this information is announced when you walk to the center stage to be hooded: “Student X will be hooded by his mother, Dr. X, D.O.” 


Dress code for Special Hooders

Most hooders wear business casual or suit and tie. Some hooders wear academic regalia and some have worn their white coat. It is up to the special hooder on what works best from the choices above.


Contact the Dean's office at 304-793-6863