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DNP, Master's + Specialist in Education Candidates

Ceremonial Instructions

This information is for candidates graduating with a DPN, Master's, or Specialist in Education. Below you will find pre-ceremony and during-ceremony instructions.

Pre-ceremony information

  • Please note that you will graduate with your College, and you will attend that ceremony.
  • Bring your hood for the formal hooding ceremony.
  • Honors are not assessed at the graduate level, therefore no graduate students wear honor cords.

During-ceremony hooding instructions

DNPs, Masters and Specialist in Education Candidates: Will approach the stage single file and be announced by a single reader.

  • Advance toward the platform with hood draped over your left arm while holding your reader card in your right hand. Give your card to the reader.
  • Walk onto the stage as your name is announced and receive your diploma cover from the Dean of Graduate Studies
  • Walk toward the Dean of your College who will take your hood from you.
  • Stand on the taped "X," facing the audience.
  • The dean and assistant will install the hood and will tap your shoulders when installation is complete.
  • Shake hands with the Dean and assistant
  • Walk toward the Chancellor, shake hands and exit the stage.
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