MCE Hooding Ceremony Information

MCE Hooding Ceremony Information

The MCE Hooding Ceremonies for 2020 and 2021 doctoral graduates of the Morgridge College of Education are under way! Attendance is limited, but every ceremony will be live-streamed online. Please check back regularly for updated event information.

Attention Graduates: The deadline to RSVP for the August 20, 2021 ceremony is July 26, 2021. If you have not already done so, complete your MCE Hooding Ceremony RSVP.

The schedule for the ceremony has changed: there will now be a single ceremony beginning at 9:00am. All 2020 and 2021 graduates will participate in one ceremony.

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Important Safety and Attendance Information

DU Covid-19 regulations and limitations will apply to all ceremony dates. For daily updates on DU’s current restrictions, please visit DU Coronavirus Alert Levels.

Safety Basics

The following guidelines are subject to change and were last updated on June 15, 2021.

  • A maximum of 4 guests are allowed.
  • Graduates will be treated as DU community members and will need to complete a COVID-19 survey at check-in for the event.
  • Masks will be required at all times.

Watch Ceremonies Live

To view any of the MCE Doctoral Hooding Ceremonies, visit our MCEatDU YouTube Channel. Livestreams will be available during each event. Recordings will be available after.

Graduate FAQs (What to Expect)

The Day of Your Ceremony

  • Where is the ceremony?
    In the Village Green, which is the outdoor space between Ruffatto Hall and the new Dimond Residential Village.
  • How many guests can I bring?
    You may bring a maximum of 4 guests.
  • When should I arrive? Where should I go?  
    Arrive 30 minutes before your ceremony, please. Meet us at the Outdoor Classroom.
  • Do I need to stay after the ceremony?
    Please do! Immediately after the ceremony, graduates can go to Ruffatto Hall to get professional photos taken with a backdrop.
  • Should I wear my cap and gown?
    Yes! For more information on what graduates wear, check out Graduation Regalia.
  • Do I carry my hood or wear it before the ceremony?
    Bring your hood with you, but do not wear it.
  • What actually happens during the ceremony – what can I expect?
    Graduates will process (march) into the ceremony space, as will the faculty. Program-by-program and faculty-by-faculty, individual grads will be invited up to the stage to be “hooded” by their faculty advisor (or faculty designee). Grads will have an opportunity to say a few words to the audience (both in-person and virtual!). Speaking time will be limited to 2 minutes. Grads will then exit the stage and return to their seat. There will be welcoming remarks by the Dean and closing remarks by an Associate Dean.
  • Where should I park?
    Daily parking should be available for all ceremonies. If passes or permits are issued, students will receive them via e-mail.

Steps to Attending

Important: Please complete the DU Visitor Access Protocol before arriving on campus.
  • For the question, “Please provide the name and email address of the DU employee who is coordinating your visit” enter:
    1. First Name: Eric
    2. Last Name: Mareck
    3. E-mail:
  • For the question, “What building(s) and room number(s) will you be visiting?” enter:
    1. Building Name(s): Ruffatto Hall
    2. Room Number(s): 100

Ceremony Dates and Times

2020 Ceremonies  

Hooding Ceremonies for 2020 Graduates will be held on May 14 (1-3:00pm), June 10 (3-5:00pm), and August 20 (3-5:00pm).

2021 Spring & Summer Ceremonies 

The Hooding Ceremonies for Fall 2020, Winter 2021, Spring 2021, and Summer 2021 graduates will be held on two dates: June 10 from 9:00am to 1:00pm and August 20 from 9:00am to 1:00pm. Exact times will be based on department or program.


The schedule for the ceremony has changed: there will now be a single ceremony beginning at 9:00am on August 20, 2021. All 2020 and 2021 graduates will participate in one ceremony.


May 14 June 10 August 20*
1:00pm 9:00am 12:00pm 3:00pm 9:00am 12:00pm 3:00pm
2020 – All
2021 – ELPS
2021 – HED
2021 – RMS
2021 – C&I
2021 – CP
2021 – SP

Video & Photography


A photographer will take photos during the event. After the ceremony, graduates can have a professional photo taken.


For livestreams or recordings, visit the MCEatDU YouTube Channel.

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