Graduate Degree Hooding Ceremony FAQ

Date, Time and Location

The Fall Graduate Degree Hooding Ceremony will be held on Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014 at 3 p.m. in the Wendy Williamson Auditorium on the UAA Anchorage campus. 

NOTE: Students are to arrive the lobby of the Professional Studies Building (PSB) at 2:00 p.m. for registration. We thank you in advance for being on time. Doors to the auditorium will open for family and friends at 2:30 p.m..

Purpose of this Special Ceremony

This special Hooding Ceremony adds to the graduation experience by making it possible to focus on advanced degree candidates and their accomplishments. It allows graduate faculty and staff, family and friends a chance to witness the ceremonial hooding of the graduate student in a more intimate setting. Please Note: This special Hooding Ceremony does not take the place of Commencement.  Graduate Students will continue to walk and have their degrees conferred at Commencement.

History and Significance of the Graduate Hood

The origins of academic dress date back to the 12th and 13th centuries, when universities were taking form. The ordinary dress of the scholar, whether student or teacher, was the dress of a cleric. With few exceptions, the medieval scholar had taken at least minor orders, made certain vows and perhaps been tonsured. Long gowns were worn and may have been necessary for warmth in unheated buildings. Hoods seem to have served to cover the tonsured head until superseded for that purpose by the skull cap.

Today, hoods are the most expressive component of the academic costume.  They serve to communicate the owner’s school, degree and field of study through their length and the colors of the lining and binding. Today’s hoods have evolved from a serviceable article of clothing to a type of elongated scarf draped over the shoulders and displayed down the back with the lining turned inside out.

UAA master’s degree graduates and candidates receive their hood because of the level of education they have pursued beyond the baccalaureate degree. The University of Alaska Anchorage’s colors are gold and green, hence these colors on the hood. The velvet trim on the hood signifies the scholar’s field. For example, a Master of Education recipient will have his gold and green hood trimmed in light blue; a Master of Science recipient will have his gold and green hood trimmed in golden yellow.

RSVP for Commencement & Hooding

RSVP here if you are planning to participate in the Graduate Degree Hooding Ceremony.

Cap, Gown and Hood

If you are planning to attend the hooding ceremony, you will need to have a cap, gown and hood when you arrive for the ceremony. You may purchase a cap, gown and hood at the Campus Bookstore.

Please visit the main Campus Bookstore if you have questions.

Procession and Seating

Graduate students will proceed into the auditorium, where they will sit in designated areas by school and college.

Coat and Bag Check

Kappa Delta Pi, the Education Honor Society, will be providing a coat/bag check for any personal items you'd like to leave back stage during the ceremony (donations to the society are appreciated for this service).

Additional Information

If you have purchased or been awarded a cord, medallion or sash from an honor society related to your field, do not wear it to the Hooding Ceremony. The focus of this ceremony is the graduate hood and cords can detract from the placement of the hood. Once you have received your hood, honor cords and medallions can be worn under the hood at the main Commencement Ceremony on Sunday. Please note that graduate students are not eligible for Latin honors (Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude, Summa Cum Laude). The graduate hood serves as the recognition of honors for advanced degree seeking students.

Please arrange for family or friends to care for children or infants in the audience during the ceremony – they will not be able to accompany you during the processional and ceremony for safety and logistical reasons.