Graduate Degree Hooding Ceremony

Hooding Ceremony Graduates

Saturday, May 6, 2023, 2 - 3:30 p.m.
Wendy Williamson Auditorium

The Hooding Ceremony is a formal acknowledgment of master's and doctoral degree students' years of devoted study and academic achievement. Candidates will be officially hooded at this ceremony and can proudly wear their hoods, receive their diploma covers, and have their degrees conferred at UAA's Commencement on Sunday, May 7.  Please read through the How to Participate section for full ceremony details. 

Know the Steps to Participate:

1.  Apply for Graduation

An application for graduation must be submitted prior to walking in the Hooding or Commencement ceremony. For application steps, visit Graduation & Degree Services. Remember these deadlines: 

  • April 7, 2023 - Deadline to apply for spring graduation and be recognized in the Hooding and Commencement programs.
  • April 28, 2023 - Deadline to apply for spring graduation and participate in the Hooding and Commencement ceremonies.

2.  RSVP for the Hooding Ceremony

An RSVP is required for all participating master's and doctoral degree candidates. The RSVP link on the main Commencement website accepts RSVPs for both the Hooding and Commencement ceremonies and will open end of February.  The deadline to RSVP is April 28. 

3.  Attend Grad Fair and Purchase Regalia from the Seawolf Store

Cap, gown and tassel are required to participate in commencement. A hood is also required for master's and doctoral degree candidates participating in the hooding ceremony. 

Grad Fair, March 3-4, Noon-6 p.m. 

Attend Grad Fair March 3-4 during Winterfest at the Seawolf Store and receive up to 20% off clothing and gifts, 5% off diploma frames, and more! Discounts limited to supplies on hand, some exclusions apply.   


Guest tickets or advance reservations are not required for this event.   

Viewing the Ceremony Online

The hooding ceremony will be streamed on Facebook Live. A Facebook login is not required to view the event. The link will be added to this page closer to the event date. 

Congratulations, and we'll see you Saturday, May 6!