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Master's Hooding Ceremony and Advanced Certificate Recognition

About the Event

The College of Nursing and Health Innovation recognizes the achievements of our Master's graduation candidates in a hooding ceremony. The Master's Hooding Ceremony is separate from commencement to allow ample time for recognitions and to keep the ceremony at an enjoyable length of time for students and their guests.

We would also like to recognize our Post-Master's Certificate graduate students. You will not be hooded, as you were previously hooded when you received your Master's, but you will receive an unofficial certificate at the ceremony until your official one is received and processed by the Graduate Nursing Department.


Form: Closed at this time.

Contact: Rose Olivier, or E. Monee' Carter-Griffin, Associate Chair, can be contacted in case of any questions or concerns.

Instructions for Participants

Required Attire: Master's and Certificate candidates are required to wear full academic regalia during the ceremony and are responsible for obtaining their own regalia. These items (caps, tassels, cords, hoods, gowns) will not be available at the event! Regalia can be obtained through the UTA Bookstore: - follow the links to Graduation and then Caps, Gowns, and More.

  • Master's Candidates: Bring your hood with you but do not wear it going into the ceremony: it will be placed upon you as part of the ceremony itself.
  • Advanced Certificate Candidates: You may wear your hood into the ceremony, as you were previously hooded when you earned your Master’s degree.

DNP and PhD graduation candidates are hooded during the Commencement Ceremony.

About the Academic Hood

A traditional component of American academic regalia, the hood represents the type and subject of the degree earned and the institution from which it was awarded. Master's hoods are 3.5 feet in length, while doctoral hoods are 4 feet in length. All hoods are worn about the neck in the front, draping in the back.

Students graduating from UTA with a degree in nursing (MSN, DNP) have a hood trimmed in apricot. Kinesiology students sport a sage green trim. All PhD candidates, regardless of subject specialization, have hoods trimmed in dark blue. The subject-area colors are shared by convention by the majority of American universities. Hoods earned at UTA are lined in white and orange, representative of our school colors.

Different universities have different traditions concerning hoods. For our Master's Hooding Ceremony, each Program Director will hood the students that they oversaw in their programs.

Doctoral candidates, both DNP and PhD, are traditionally hooded during the Commencement Ceremony, usually by the student's supervising professor, representing the happy conclusion of their journey together through the academic program and publicly recognizing the candidate's mastery of their discipline of study.

This section contains material adapted from Wikipedia: