Baccalaureate Mass and Undergraduate Hooding Ceremony
Friday, May 9, 2014
Students of all faiths and their families are invited
and encouraged to participate in the Baccalaureate Mass.
The mass is not a ticketed event, but
reservations are required by May 3 to ensure the
accommodation of all graduates and their guests.
Order of Ceremony
Introductory Rites / Liturgy of the Word / Liturgy of
the Eucharist / Communion Rite
Hooding of degree candidates
Concluding Rite and Final Blessing
All degree candidates are to wear their gowns for the
Baccalaureate Mass. 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. Bachelor
degree candidates are to bring their academic hoods and
drape it over the left arm both during the processional
and also immediately before being hooded.
All degree candidates must arrive to the Norman
Worthington Conference Center by 3:45 p.m. Graduates
will line up alphabetically by college and degree.
Volunteer ushers will direct graduates into seats and
organize the recessional. The processional into Marcus
Pavilion begins at 4:25 p.m.
Receiving the hood
Traditionally, 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.
Some English scholars claim that the hood is a vestige of the monastic
hood or cowl.
Bachelor degree candidates are to drape the academic
hood over the left arm. Upon exiting the row, the
candidate will give the hood to the faculty marshal, who
will then drape the hood over each bachelor degree
All graduates and their guests are welcome to attend a reception, hosted by
Saint Martin's University President Roy F. Heynderickx, Ph.D., in the Norman
Worthington Conference Center immediately following the Baccalaureate Mass.