Hooding Events

Brandman Doctoral Graduates are invited to a celebrate this monumental accomplishment at their school's Hooding Ceremony in Southern California

Doctoral Graduates

Our doctoral graduates are invited to join us at the Southern California Commencement Ceremony.  Each respective school will also be hosting a hooding ceremony to celebrate this distinguished honor.

General Information

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 in the evening of Sunday, May 20, 2018 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 and seating is limited. Each school sends information regarding ticket distribution to eligible graduates no later than Spring Session II.

Ed.D. Hooding Ceremony

Saturday, May 19, 2018
2:30 PM
Great Wolf Lodge, 12681 Harbor Blvd, Garden Grove, CA 92840

Tickets are required and seating is limited.

Information about guest ticket allotments, waitlist opportunities and the link to RSVP will be emailed to potential graduates via their Brandman email account in mid to late February. Please check your Brandman email account in the Spring for this information.


MSNaHP Pinning and Doctoral Hooding Ceremony

Sunday, May 20, 2018
9:30 AM
Great Wolf Lodge, 12681 Harbor Blvd, Garden Grove, CA 92840

Tickets are required and seating is limited.

A survey will be emailed to eligible graduates via their Brandman email account during the spring. Each graduate will have the opportunity to assign their allotted tickets to family and friends and request additional guests be added to the waitlist. Additional guest ticket information, including ticket allotments, will be provided by the School of Nursing closer to the ceremony date.


Additional Information for Graduates and Guests

Event Program

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.

The hooding ceremony itself is expected to last 1 ½ - 2 hours.

Personal Belongings of Graduates

Please be sure to leave valuables, such as purses, cameras, and other items with your family or guests and silence all electronic devices. Brandman will not be responsible for valuables lost.

Purchasing Cap, Gown and Hood

Oak Hall in partnership with Balfour is the only company authorized by Brandman University to provide official Brandman doctoral graduation regalia. More information and the link to order is available on the Commencement Resources page under Doctoral.

Cap and Gown Instructions

For information on how to wear your Commencement regalia and what items should be included in your Commencement attire package, we invite you to watch the below video.



Brandman graduates and their guests will receive a discounted self-parking rate of $5 per car. In order to receive the discounted parking rate, you will need to pick up a chaser ticket at Hooding registration. It is recommend that our graduates and guests park on the 3rd floor of the parking structure, for closest access to the Hooding Ceremony location.

Graduates and guests staying overnight at the hotel will receive a discounted overnight self-parking rate of $10 per car instead.


Family and friends from around the globe can view the ceremony via livestream on the Brandman Facebook page.

Photo Release

Brandman University Commencement ceremony is a public event that is videotaped, photographed and recorded for personal and commercial use. By participating in and/or attending these events, you give Chapman and Brandman University permission to use visual images (photo, video, digital in any form) of you for any lawful purpose related to the university’s business activities, including marketing, advertising, and promotion. By participating and/or attending these events you understand that you have waived any rights that you may have to inspect or approve of the images or wording in the final product that may be used in connection with the university’s business activities.

Share Your Celebration on Twitter

We know that our graduates have friends and family supporting them both at the ceremony and around the world. Tweet your congratulatory messages using #BrandmanGrad2018.

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