Important Information for Masters and Doctoral Graduates

Hooding Ceremony

The College will recognize the special accomplishments of all graduating master's and doctoral candidates through a graduate hooding ceremony. Following a centuries-old tradition, master's and doctoral candidates will be formally hooded by their respective faculty. The College president, provost, and deans will each deliver graduation messages. A reception in the Fitness Center will follow the program. All family and friends of graduate students are cordially invited to attend the ceremony and reception.

The ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 17, at 2:30 p.m. in Glazer Arena in the Athletics and Events Center. Graduate students, please register in the Glazer Arena between 1:15-2:00pm and be seated by 2:15pm. Graduate students will have marked reserved seating in the front, according to academic program. As programs are called, students will approach the stage, hand an information card to the graduate associate dean (provided by the Office of the Provost), and proceed across the stage to be hooded by their graduate chair. A reception will follow in Glazer Arena. 

Please attend our hooding ceremony wearing academic regalia, excluding the cap, and bring your purchased hood. The ceremony will provide honorary significance to the wearing of the hood at the College-wide Commencement the following day.

All master's and doctoral degrees will be officially conferred at the College ceremony on Sunday, May 18, and all graduate students are encouraged to attend this significant event. Graduate students may pick up their diploma covers at the respective school-specific locations following the College-wide Commencement.