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Hooding Ceremonies

Hooding ceremonies are for students graduating with a master’s degree. The placing of the hood signifies the passage from student to ‘master.’ The hooding ceremony and recognition of students’ accomplishments draw attention to the scholarly and the personal achievements of the candidates for graduation who have completed their advance degree requirements. A hooding ceremony does not replace commencement exercises, but rather, compliments commencement with a more intimate occasion.

When attending your hooding ceremony, you and your guests should plan to stay for the entire ceremony. It is extremely poor etiquette to leave early when participating in this important ceremonial event.

SPECIAL ACCOMMODATIONS. If you need special accommodations as a graduate or for a guest, please inform the event contact person prior to the ceremony.


Master of Business Administration, Executive Master of Business Administration, Professional Master of Business Administration, Master of Science in Accounting, Master of Science in Finance, Master of Science in Marketing, Master of Science in Entrepreneurship, Master of Science in Cybersecurity
Friday, May 10, 2019 - Martinez Center, 400 North Blvd.
5-6 p.m. – Registration and check-in
5-6 p.m. – Reception
6 p.m. – Hooding and Awards Ceremony begins
Event contact: Lynne Bartis, Office of Graduate and Continuing Studies, (813) 257-3514 or alternate (813) 257-1713


Master of Science in Nursing
Thursday, May 9, 2019 - Plant Hall, Fletcher Lounge
6 p.m. - Hooding and Pinning Ceremony begins
Reception follows the ceremony
Event contact: Jackie Sanchez, Nursing Department (813) 257-3302
Master of Science in Exercise and Nutrition Science

Friday, May 10, 2019 - Plant Hall, Music Room
10:30-11 a.m. – Registration and check-in
11 a.m. – Hooding and Awards Ceremony begins
Event contact: Lynne Bartis, Office of Graduate and Continuing Studies, (813) 257-3514 or alternate (813) 257-1713


Master of Science in Instructional Design and Technology, Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction, Master of Education in Educational Leadership, Master of Science in Criminology and Criminal Justice
Friday, May 10, 2019 - Vaughn Center, 9th floor Crescent Club
6-8 p.m. – Hooding Ceremony
Event contact: Andrea Calow, Dean's Office, College of Social Sciences, Mathematics and Education (813) 257-3083 


Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing
Friday, June 21, 2019 - Vaughn Center Crescent Club
5:30-6 p.m. – Registration and check-in
6-7 p.m. – Hooding Ceremony
Event contact: Lynne Bartis, Office of Graduate and Continuing Studies, (813) 257-3514 or alternate (813) 257-1713


When should I arrive?
Graduates are asked to arrive 15 - 30 minutes prior to the start of the ceremony to complete the check-in process. The room is not open before the start of registration, so early arrival is discouraged.

What do I need to wear?
Graduates should wear their full graduation regalia (cap, gown and tassel). They should also bring their hoods, which will be placed over their heads as part of the ceremony. Graduates may order their regalia in the campus bookstore. There is no charge to graduates for their graduation regalia.

What occurs during the ceremony?
College officials will recognize each candidate for graduation and hood the candidate. Official pictures will be taken of the event and each individual being hooded. Select candidates will also be recognized for their academic achievement, for contributions during their graduate studies, and/or to speak on behalf of the graduating students.

Who is invited to attend?
Graduates are welcome to invite family members and friends to attend. Due to space limitations, the formal invitation may suggest a guest limit.

Should I still attend commencement?
The hooding ceremony does not substitute for the graduation ceremony. Students are encouraged to attend commencement but not required. Commencement ceremonies are held at the Florida State Fairgrounds. In choosing to attend the graduation ceremony, you are required to remain in attendance for the entire ceremony until directed by the marshals to exit during the recessional. This courtesy is requested so we give all graduating students and their families the respect and honor they deserve.

What about parking?
Guests attending the hooding ceremony may park in Thomas parking garage (enter from W North A Street) or West parking garage (enter from North Boulevard). Limited surface parking is also available. Handicapped parking is conveniently located around campus for those with handicap tags.  See for a campus map with the location of parking.