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Graduate Commencement

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 p.m. Saturday, May 17, 2014. Graduates should arrive by 2:30 p.m. Assemble on the walkway behind Alumnae Hall where candidates will be lined up in the order of the processional by graduate school staff members.

There will be ample seating available for the ceremony. 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 Carolyn Korb in the graduate school, 3rd floor in Apple Resource Center, at 301-696-3603 or by email, no later than May 9 to make arrangements for special reserved seating.

An interpreter for the hearing impaired will be available at Commencement. Please contact Mrs. Korb at 301-696-3603 or no later than May 9 if this service is needed.

Commencement ceremony procedures: Commencement at Hood College is the formal ceremony at which President Volpe officially confers degrees. 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 at 301-696-3480 or

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. Purchase the hood that is specific to the degree program (M.A., MBA, MFA, 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 staff will assist with parking.

An important note: Please be aware that beverages (alcoholic or nonalcoholic) 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: View the full Commencement schedule. Contact Carolyn Korb in the graduate school at 301-696-3603 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 degree recipients and their guests is scheduled for Wednesday, May 14, 2014, from 7 to 9 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 are required. Invitations will be mailed separately from the graduate school to graduate candidates in mid-April.