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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 email 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 4, 2018 - Martinez Center, 400 North Blvd.
6-7 p.m. – Registration and check-in
6-7 p.m. – Reception
7 p.m. – 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 3, 2018 - Plant Hall Fletcher Lounge
6 p.m. - Ceremony begins and is followed by a reception

Event contact: Jackie Sanchez, Nursing Department (813) 257-3302


Master of Science in Instructional Design and Technology, Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction, Master of Education in Educational Leadership

Thursday, May 3, 2018 - Vaughn Center, 9th floor Board Room
6-8 p.m.

Event contact: Shenise Tyson, Department of Education, (813) 257-3082


Master of Science in Exercise and Nutrition Science
Friday, May 4, 2018 - Plant Hall, Music Room
12-12:30 p.m. – Registration and check-in
12-12:30 p.m. – Reception
12:30 p.m. – Ceremony begins

Event contact: Lynne Bartis, Office of Graduate and Continuing Studies, (813) 257-3514 or alternate (813) 257-1713


Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing
Friday, June 22, 2018 - Vaughn Center Crescent Club
5:30-6 p.m. – Registration and check-in
6-7 p.m. – 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 hooding. 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 but not required.

In choosing to attend the graduation ceremony, you are required to remain in your seat for the entire ceremony until directed by the marshals to go to the platform and to exit during the recessional. The ceremony is approximately 2 hours forty-five minutes, and we want to afford all graduating students and their families the respect and honor that all deserve.

What about parking?
Guests attending the 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.