Masters Hooding Ceremony

Saturday, May 10, 2014
9:30 a.m.
Abbey Church

The Masters Hooding Ceremony is a morning prayer service followed by the formal presentation of the academic hood to all master degree candidates.

Masters Hooding Ceremony tickets
As space is limited in the Abbey Church, the Masters Hooding Ceremony is a ticketed event. Each master degree candidate who indicated on their graduation application that they plan to attend receives three tickets to distribute to friends and family. We regret that we cannot make exceptions for entry to individuals without tickets. Please contact the Office of the Registrar if you need help remembering what you indicated on your application. Note: the Masters Hooding Ceremony is now full. Those who have not R.S.V.P.'d can be placed on a waitlist by contacting the Office of the Registrar.

Tickets can be picked up at the April 30th Graduation Fair or from May 5 to May 9 at the Office of the Registrar. If you do not plan to use all your tickets, you may either share them with other graduates or return them to the Office of the Registrar for redistribution. Tickets returned to the Office of the Registrar will be released on a limited, equitable basis to other candidates during the April 30th Graduation Fair.

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.

Brunch reception
All graduates and their guests are welcome to attend a continental breakfast reception located on the tented campus lawn west of the Grand Staircase, immediately following the ceremony.