The College of Education and Human Development Hooding Ceremony recognizes students' achievement in earning their master's or doctoral degrees. The ceremony is also a chance for graduates to recognize the family, friends, and educators whose support helped make their graduation possible. The Hooding Ceremony has been a favorite tradition in the College of Education and Human Development since it began in 2002.
Historically, scholars in some higher education settings wore robes as a daily uniform. They wore hoods with these robes for warmth. Over time, the size, shape, and lining of the hood came to signify a scholar's academic rank.
The ceremonial hooding of scholars became a tradition that continues to this day. By placing the hood over the students' heads, professors symbolically welcome them as fellow scholars. Today, the hood's colors represent a graduate's university and major. The length of the hood relates to rank: the longer hoods of doctoral students represent their additional years of scholarship.
Order of the ceremony
The graduates and faculty proceed into the ballroom together dressed in their regalia. After a welcome address, each student is individually called to the stage. A passage written by the student is read (students generally use this passage to thank those who have helped them with their achievements). Two professors of the student's choice will stand on either side of the student and place the hood over his or her head.