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 coming up soon! Attendance is limited, but every ceremony will be live-streamed online. Please check back regularly for updated event information. To our graduates – if you have not already RSVP’d, please do so at your earliest convenience: MCE Hooding Ceremony RSVP.

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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 May 14, 2021.

  • NO GUESTS are allowed. Only participating doctoral graduates, supervising faculty members, MCE Deans, and event staff may attend.
  • 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. Live-streams will be available during each event. Recordings will be available after.

Graduate FAQs (What to Expect)

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

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?
    Unfortunately, no guests are allowed.
  • When should I arrive (how long before the ceremony)?
    30 minutes before the ceremony, please.
  • 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?
  • 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. A limited number of parking permits for the Evans Parking Garage are available for the May 14 ceremony. Graduates attending this ceremony should receive a free parking permit by e-mail.

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. Graduates can select which ceremony to participate in. Exact ceremony times will be based on department or program.

  • Live Stream: Visit the MCEatDU YouTube Channel on the day of the event.
  • Recordings: Please check back after the event.

Video & Photography

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

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