Graduate Student Recognition (Hooding) Ceremony Information

Student Information

The Annual Graduate Student and Faculty Recognition Ceremony sponsored by the Office of the President, the Graduate Student Government (GSG), and the Graduate School will be held on Friday, May 8, 2015 beginning at 4 pm in the Alfond Arena.  Graduate students participating in the ceremony must report in regalia to the Field House by 3:15 pm on May 8th.  Please note that the Graduate School is not responsible for any lost or stolen items left unattended in the Field House.  The Recognition Ceremony is not a ticketed event.

This ceremony will provide individual recognition for graduate students and their faculty advisors. We urge you to participate. Please complete the registration form here if you are a graduate student completing your degree in May and August 2015 or for December 2014 graduates.  Please RSVP by May 6th.

For a print out of this information, please download the pdf.  Please also review the 'What to Expect' document here.   Information on the Grad Fair on March 25 can be found here:

Regalia Information

Master's & Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) Students:  Graduates must wear caps and gowns (regalia), and bring hoods to the ceremony.  Caps, gowns, and hoods are available for purchase at the University Bookstore on campus.  The cost of regalia for a Master’s/CAS student is $56.98. During the ceremony you will be hooded by the Dean of your College and a member of the Executive Committee of the Graduate Board.

Doctoral Students: Graduates must wear caps and gowns (regalia) to the ceremony.  You will be hooded at Commencement, please do not bring your hood with you to the Recognition Ceremony.  The cost to rent regalia is $199.92.  Please contact Betty Campbell at 581-1735 or in the Bookstore to request regalia. The University will be unable to respond to orders placed after the deadline of April 9th.

Eligibility for doctoral students to participate in any ceremonies (Recognition and Commencement) are as follows:

  • May 2015 doctoral candidates that have successfully completed all degree requirements
  • August 2015 doctoral candidates who have successfully defended their dissertation by April 24th
  • December 2014 graduates

During the Recognition Ceremony, doctoral students will be honored by Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs & Provost, Dr. Jeffrey Hecker.  Doctoral students are hooded at Commencement on Saturday, May 9th.

Reminder: August candidates participating in May Commencement must apply to graduate for August 2015 when submitting the Application for Degree within MaineStreet.

Photographer and Flowers Information

GradImages® will be photographing all graduates at the upcoming graduation ceremony. Visit their website,, and click on Pre-Event Email Registration. Enter your email and up to 6 emails of loved ones who would like to share in your accomplishment by viewing and ordering your photos. You will receive a coupon for $5 off an order of $25 of more just by registering your information before the event!

Grad Flowers will be providing fresh cut flowers and fresh orchid leis for purchase at the Alfond Arena.  You may pre-order floral gifts at the Grad Flowers website,  

Guest Information

Guests should arrive at the Alfond Arena by 3:30 pm for early seating.  Seating charts will be posted throughout the arena for assistance.  This is an open seating event and does not require tickets.  Ushers will be available if your guests have any questions while in the Alfond Arena.

Any guests requiring a disability accommodation should contact the Graduate School at 207-581-3291 or by email to no later than Friday, April 24, 2015.

Reception Information

Immediately following the ceremony, a reception with light refreshments for you and your guests will be held in Wells Conference Center. Both events are free of charge.