Masters Hooding Ceremony

Saturday, May 12, 2012
9:30 a.m.
Abbey Church

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.

Robing
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.

Processional
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.

Brunch reception
All graduates and their guests are welcome to attend a continental breakfast reception in St. Gertrude's Dining Hall, immediately following the ceremony.