Our doctoral graduates are invited to join us at the Southern Regional Commencement Ceremony. Each respective school will also be hosting a hooding ceremony to celebrate this distinguished honor.
Each year, the School of Education and the Marybelle and S. Paul Musco School of Nursing & Health Professions each hold a Hooding Ceremony in Southern California to honor doctoral graduates and celebrate the successful completion of their studies. The Doctoral Hooding Ceremony is in addition to and does not replace the University Commencement later in the day on Sunday, May 21, 2017 at the Holly & David Wilson Field, Chapman University in Orange, CA.
Students are encouraged to invite friends and family members to the Hooding Ceremony. Tickets are required for the Hooding Ceremony. Each school sends information regarding ticket distribution to eligible graduates during Spring Session II.
The hooding ceremony is similar to a commencement in that faculty and students are dressed in academic attire. During the ceremony, the name of each graduate is called, and the graduate goes on stage where the Dean or a faculty member places the doctoral hood over the head of the graduate, signifying his or her success in completing the doctoral program. This ceremony is in addition to and does not replace the university commencement on Sunday afternoon or evening.
Oak Hall in partnership with Balfour is the only company authorized by Brandman University to provide official Brandman doctoral graduation regalia. It is highly recommended that you open your regalia package as soon as it arrives to ensure that your order was processed correctly. If you have any questions regarding an existing doctoral regalia order, please contact Oak Hall at 1-800-223-0429. Reminder: Students without proper commencement attire will not be allowed to participate in the ceremony; there will be no exceptions allowed.
Doctoral Graduates have the option to purchase or rent their regalia. All Purchased Doctoral Regalia is custom made and requires earlier purchase deadlines in order to arrive in time for commencement. Please see below for the final deadlines to order your Doctoral regalia in time for this year's Southern Commencement Ceremony.
The purchase package of gown, hood, and tam is $805 (plus tax and shipping); however you can purchase each item separately.
The rental package of gown, hood, and tam is $99 (plus tax and shipping); however you can rent each item separately if needed.
To place your order for Purchased or Rental Doctoral Regalia, please use the Order button below. If you do not wish to purchase all three items, you will have the option to rent single items as well. For example, you may purchase the hood but rent the gown and tam. Please see the ordering page for more instructions on how to place a mixed Purchase and Rental order.
Deadline to order Purchased Doctoral Regalia: April 3, 2017
Deadline to order Rental Doctoral Regalia: May 4, 2017
These deadlines allow for production time and standard ground shipping in time for the Southern Commencement.
Q. I want to attend a Doctoral Hooding Ceremony in May. How do I get tickets?
A. Each school will be sending an email survey (Nursing) or ticket purchase link (Ed.D.) to eligible doctoral graduates during Spring Session II. In that survey, you will be able to indicate the number of tickets you would like to reserve.
Q. How many people can I invite to the hooding ceremony?
A. For the School of Nursing, you can reserve up to three guest tickets per graduate. Additional tickets might be available depending on the number of graduates via a waitlist, but the final number of tickets available will not be known until closer to the event. The waitlist will be handled in a first come, first serve manner. For the School of Education, ticketing information will be shared with eligible students closer to the ceremony date.
Q. How long is the hooding event?
A. The hooding event itself is approximately 1½-2 hours. For the School of Nursing, light breakfast refreshments will be provided. For the School of Education, your ticket to the ceremony includes a plated lunch.
Q. How do I order my cap, gown and hood?
A. Regalia is required to participate in both the hooding ceremony and commencement. Doctoral regalia can be rented or purchased by clicking on the ordering link in the above section. Please review the information provided in the Cap, Gown and Hood section for full information, especially the order deadline which is April 3, 2017 for purchased regalia and May 4, 2017 for rented regalia.