Graduate Commencement and Hooding Ceremony

Friday, May 12, 2017
7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Elizabeth Hall, Lee Chapel

Live streaming of the ceremony will be available through Stetson Broadcast Productions.

The commencement and hooding ceremony is for graduate students who have completed their advanced master degree requirements. Degrees will be conferred at this event. Doors will open at 6:00 p.m. and seating is on a first come, first served basis. Immediately following the ceremony will be an hors d'oeuvre reception in the Marshall & Vera Lea Rinker Welcome Center.

Graduates and Faculty

Master's degree candidates and faculty are asked to arrive in regalia at 6:00 p.m. in McMahan Hall. In preparation for the processional, you will be placed in alphabetical order by the degree you are receiving. The processional will begin at 6:45 p.m. led by the faculty marshal, the faculty and then the graduates.

Graduate Name Cards

At check-in, you will be given a name card. Please fill in the pronunciation of your name, if needed, for the announcer. Complete the backside of the card with the information required by the photographer who will provide proofs after the ceremony. Do not lose, destroy or leave the card in your seat when it is time to approach the stage. Hand the announcer the card as you enter the stage before arriving at the hooding location.

Graduate Hoods

The placing of a hood signifies the passage from student to master. Hoods are to be draped over the left arm as shown below.

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Hooding Process

Once the degrees are conferred, at the direction of the marshal, candidates will approach the stage and proceed with the hooding procedures as indicated.


With your hood draped as shown above, walk onto the stage, hand the name card to the announcer at the podium and continue to the marked stage location.


Extend your arm for the hooder to pick up your hood, and then turn to face the audience.


Once the hood is placed, continue across the stage, shake hands with your dean and
exit the stage to return to your seat.

Parking and Campus Map

Please refer to the graduate campus map for nearby parking locations as well as campus directional information. Parking is on a first come, first served basis.