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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.

College of Business

To be announced 

College of Natural and Health Sciences

To be announced 
Master of Science in Nursing
6—8 p.m. - Hooding and Pinning Ceremony begins
Reception follows the ceremony
Event contact: Jackie Sanchez, Nursing Department (813) 257-3302

To be announced 
Master of Science in Exercise and Nutrition Science
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 

College of Social Sciences, Mathematics and Education

To be announced 
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
6—8 p.m. – Hooding Ceremony
Event contact: Andrea Calow, Dean's Office, College of Social Sciences, Mathematics and Education (813) 257-3083

College of Arts and Letters 

Friday, Aug. 13, 2021

Ferman Center for the Arts Building

Master of Arts in Professional Communication
6:30 p.m. – Registration and check-in
7 p.m. – Hooding Ceremony
Event contact: Lynne Bartis, Office of Graduate and Continuing Studies, (813) 257-3514 

Graduates Frequently Asked Questions

When should I arrive?
Graduates are asked to arrive 15 to 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.

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 the campus map with the location of parking.