Commencement Ceremony: The Commencement exercises will be held outdoors
on the residential quadrangle. The Commencement ceremony for Master's degree recipients will begin promptly at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 18, 2013. We ask that graduates arrive by 2:30 p.m. You should assemble on the walkway behind Alumnae Hall where you will be lined up in the order of the processional by Graduate School staff members.
Tickets will not be distributed for the Graduate School Commencement. Seating on the quadrangle, will begin at 2:30 p.m. on a first-come, first-served basis.
Reserved seating is limited to handicapped guests and to those requiring special assistance. Please contact Julie Chalk, Provost's Office, (301) 696-3623, Alumnae Hall, Room 104, firstname.lastname@example.org, no later than May 10, to make arrangements for special reserved seating.
An interpreter for the hearing impaired will be available at Commencement. Please contact Mrs. Chalk, (301) 696-3623, email@example.com, no later than May 10, if you need this service.
Commencement Ceremony Procedures: Commencement at Hood College is the formal ceremony at which President Volpe officially confers your degree. Degrees are awarded in this order: Master of Arts, Master of Business Administration, Master of Fine Arts, and Master of Science. The Dean of the Graduate School asks the candidates
to rise by degree; the students process across the stage; the President awards each candidate her or his degree; the student shakes hands with the Chair of the Board
of Trustees and then promptly returns to her or his seat, remaining seated until all candidates have been awarded their degrees.
Please keep in mind Hood's policy that only those who have fulfilled all academic requirements and have met all of their financial obligations to the College may participate in Commencement.
Dress Code for the Commencement Ceremony: At Commencement, graduates and faculty wear academic regalia. All candidates wear a cap, tassel, robe, and hood. Students should contact the Hood College bookstore to order academic regalia – (301) 696-3480 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Under the robe, graduates should wear clothing appropriate for this special occasion. Jeans, t-shirts, flip-flops, etc. are not appropriate attire for the Commencement Ceremony.
The hood should be worn velvet side out with the velvet binding flipped to show the colors; secure the hood so that it does not fall off your shoulders. You should purchase the hood that is specific to your degree program (M.A., M.B.A., M.F.A., M.S.).
The mortarboard should be worn flat (parallel to the ground), secured with bobby pins, if necessary.
May graduate candidates should wear the tassel on the right and switch after receiving diplomas. September and January graduate candidates should wear the tassel on the left throughout the ceremony.
Guest Parking: All parking spaces on campus will be available the day of the ceremony and additional parking will be available on the residential streets surrounding the campus. Campus Safety will assist with parking.
An Important Note: Please be aware that beverages (alcoholic or non-alcoholic) and smoking are prohibited for graduating students in the academic procession and during the ceremony. Graduates who do not cooperate with this policy will not be allowed to participate in the Commencement ceremony.
Additional information: A Schedule of Activities is attached. Contact Julie Chalk in the Office of the Provost, (301) 696-3623, for additional information. You can also check the Hood College website for Commencement Information.
Master's Degree Recipient Reception: Hosted by the Dean of the Graduate School, this event for Master's degree recipients and their guests is scheduled for Wednesday, May 15, 2013, 7:00-9:00 p.m. at the Hood College Athletic Center, BB&T Arena.
The reception will include the presentation of Outstanding Student Awards and the announcement of the recipients of the Graduate Teaching Excellence Awards. Attendance is by invitation only; RSVPs required. Invitations will be mailed separately from the Graduate School to graduate candidates in mid-April.