2022 MCE Hooding Ceremony Information

Hooding Ceremonies for 2022 doctoral graduates of the Morgridge College of Education are coming up soon! Please check back regularly for updated event information. 

On This Page

  • Ceremony Dates and Times
  • Important Safety & Attendance Information
  • Graduate FAQs (What to Expect)

Important: This page is currently being updated. Ceremony times are subject to change. If you are a graduating student, please look forward to a registration invitation and additional information via e-mail. 

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Ceremony Dates and Times

Spring 2022

The Hooding Ceremonies for Fall 2021, Winter 2022, and Spring 2022 graduates will be held on June 9, 2022.  

  • 10:00am - 12:00pm: All Programs
  • Live Stream: Visit the MCEatDU YouTube Channel on the day of the event.
  • Recordings: Please check back after the event.

Summer 2022

The Hooding Ceremony for Summer 2022 graduates will be held on August 19, 2022. Please check back closer to the event for schedule details.

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Important Safety & 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.

Steps to Attending in Person

Current DU Students 

If you are not “cleared” for campus access in PioneerWeb, please complete the necessary steps. If you are “not cleared” for campus access, you will not be able to participate. 

Guests and Former Students

Please complete the DU Visitor Survey before arriving on campus. They survey must be completed within 12 hours prior to the event. If you complete your survey too early, you will not be permitted to attend. 

  • For the question, “Please provide the name and email address of the DU employee who is coordinating your visit” enter:
    First Name: Tamara 
    Last Name: Tabb
    E-mail: Tamara.Tabb@du.edu
  • For the question, “What building(s) and room number(s) will you be visiting?” enter:
    Building Name(s): Ruffatto Hall
    Room Number(s): 100

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Safety Basics

The following guidelines are subject to change and were last updated on April 8, 2022.

  • Attendance is limited to: Participating doctoral graduates, supervising faculty members, MCE Deans, and event staff. Each graduate may invite up to 3 guests.

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.

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Graduate FAQs (What to Expect)

Please visit the DU Commencement portal for additional FAQs, including details on registering for graduation and ordering regalia. 

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Graduation Regalia

Online ordering through the DU Bookstore will begin on Tuesday, April 12th. Please visit DU Commencement for information on ordering your regalia. 

  • Gowns & Robes

    The academic gown is usually black and is worn at all levels of education. It is to be worn closed and zipped. The robe is often ankle- or mid-calf length. The Bachelor’s gown is the most simple; the Master’s gown typically has longer, oblong sleeves; and the Doctoral gown is more elaborate, made of velvet, and has three stripes on the bell-shaped sleeves that indicate the school/area of study.

  • Hoods

    Hoods are conferred upon students when they graduate with a Master’s or Doctoral degree. They are made of the same material as the gown. The hood is3.5′ long (Master’s) or 4′ (Doctoral) and features a velvet trim that indicates the discipline of graduation. The lining of the hood indicates the colors of the college from where the student graduated.

  • Caps, Mortarboards & Tams

    Caps and mortarboards also become more elaborate with more degrees. Bachelor’s and Master’s graduates have a flat cap with a tassel. The tassel starts on the right and graduates move it to the left once they receive their diploma (a good way to remember this is that they “left” their institution). A doctoral cap is known as a “tam” which is velvet; has four, six, or eight corners; and is floppier than the traditional cap.

  • Colors

    The colors of hoods symbolize the department/discipline of graduation. Here are some common ones you might see:

    • Light blue – education, counseling
    • Citron (yellow) – social work
    • Dark blue – all Ph.D.
    • Purple – law
    • White – history, sociology
    • Gold – psychology
    • Crimson (dark red) – communication
    • Lemon – library science
  • Accessories

    Graduates might wear other items with their graduation regalia, such as stoles, cords, medals, and medallions.

    • Academic stoles, which look like thinner, satin hoods, are decorative in nature and typically indicate membership in clubs and organizations.
    • Cords, or braided rope, are often worn to show academic achievement (e.g. summa cum laude).
    • Medals and medallions are bestowed upon faculty or students for important titles or positions (e.g. Chancellor, President, Valedictorian).
  • History

    The history of the academic regalia we see today dates back to the 12th and 13th centuries when colleges and universities in western Europe were first being founded. It was the traditional dress of the clergy and monks at the time who often conducted business in cold, unheated churches. Gowns were worn to keep warm and hoods, or skull caps, were used to cover shaved heads. Caps and gowns were seen as markers of privilege and distinguishment. The colors that we see today were implemented and standardized in the late 19th century in order to bring more uniformity to the ceremony following an increase in the number of college students.