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School of Graduate Studies and Research


The School of Graduate Studies and Research will hold an additional, separate Hooding Ceremony for graduate students to honor and celebrate the successful completion of their Master's degree.

The Hooding Ceremony is Friday, June 9, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. ‐ 7:00 p.m. at the SURC Ballroom. A reception will follow.

The Hooding Ceremony is in addition to and does not replace the university-wide commencement. The registration for the hooding ceremony is CLOSED.

Registered students are encouraged to invite friends and family members to the hooding ceremony; however, the number of guests will be limited to four (4) per student due to the seating capacity of the venue. Tickets are required for the ceremony for guests. Registered students do not need a ticket.

Click here to order your guest tickets which will be available through June 5, 2017. Guest tickets will be scanned upon entry into the ballroom. Mobile eletronic tickets will not be accepted.

There will be additional seating available in the SURC Theatre, next door to the ballroom, where the event will be live-streamed. Seating there will be offered on a first come, first serve basis and tickets are not required. Space is limited.

IMPORTANT: Please download and read the student instructions. These instructions have further details regarding ordering your guests' tickets. You will also need to read these in detail prior to the event for important arrival times and hooding instructions. Download Student Instructions

For the hooding ceremony, faculty and students are dressed in academic attire.  The student must bring their hood to the ceremony. During the ceremony, the name of each graduate is called, and the graduate will go on stage with his or her faculty committee chair or another faculty member designated by the School of Graduate Studies and Research. The faculty member will place the hood over the head of the graduate, signifying his or her success in completing the graduate program.  The dean of the School of Graduate Studies and Research will then congratulate the graduate.  Photographs of the graduates will also be taken during both ceremonies.

For more information contact Leslie Lotspeich (, Director of the Hooding Ceremony, or Dr. Natalie Lupton, Associate Dean (

Watch the 2016 ceremony at:

For information about the 2017 university-wide commencement please click here.

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