Masters Hooding Ceremony
Saturday, May 12, 2012
Master degree graduates and their families are
invited to attend the hooding ceremony. The ceremony is
not a ticketed event, but
reservations are required by May 4 to ensure the
accommodation of all graduates and their guests.
All degree candidates are to wear their gowns for the
hooding ceremony. It is best not to wear your cap, as it
interferes with the hooding. Please come dressed in your
gown, as changing rooms are not available.
All graduates should meet at the Abbey Church courtyard
at 8:45 a.m. In the event of rain, graduates will meet
on the second floor of Old Main. The processional into
the church will begin at 9:25 a.m. Graduates will line
up by degree, alphabetically. Volunteer ushers will
direct you into seats and organize the recessional.
Receiving the hood
The hood is the colorful standard bearer of academic symbolism. The hood
reveals the level of the degree, the academic field of learning in which
the degree was earned, and the institution that conferred the degree.
Hoods earned at Saint Martin's are lined in red and
white, the school colors.
The hood will be draped over each graduate's head. A
graduate who chooses to wear his or cap may need to
remove it before receiving the hood, if the cap is not
secured to his or her head.
All graduates and their guests are welcome to attend a continental breakfast
reception in St. Gertrude's Dining Hall, immediately following the ceremony.