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Graduate Hooding Ceremony

University of Houston-Downtown Graduate Hooding Ceremony will take place in person on Thursday, May 9, 2024 at 6:30pm. This is an opportunity for all graduating Master’s degree earners to be formally “hooded” by their program faculty with the graduate regalia before commencement. This ceremony DOES NOT REPLACE commencement, but is rather a complementary event that offers a more intimate celebration for Master’s degree earners.

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Degrees honored*:

*Students who are completing graduate certificates will not walk in graduation and do not need any regalia or hoods.
Degree Discipline
Master of Professional Accountancy (MPAC) Drab
Master of Science, Artificial Intelligence (MSAI) Science Gold
Master of Business Administration (MBA) Drab
Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Light Blue
Master of Educational Leadership (MEDL) Light Blue
Master of Science, Data Analytics (MSDA) Science Gold
Master of Science, Criminal Justice (MSCJ) Science Gold
Master of Arts, Non-Profit Management (MA) Peacock Blue
Master of Arts, Rhetoric and Composition (MARC) White
Master of Security Management (MSM) Drab
Master of Arts, Strategic Communication (MASC) Crimson
Master of Science, Technical Communication (MSTC) White
Graduate Certificate No Regalia Required

Purchase your regalia from our official vendor, or in person at the UHD bookstore.

Hood colors

The color of the hood felt is determined by the discipline of study of your earned degree (e.g. business, data analytics, education, etc.). When you order your regalia, it is important to indicate your degree discipline in order to secure the correct color.

If you have questions or need further information about the Hooding Ceremony, please email Emily Leffler, Executive Director, Academic Affairs at

What to expect at the UHD Graduate Hooding Ceremony

  • Have your hood ready and unhook the clasp
  • Bring your Marshal card, which you'll receive during check-in
  • Line up behind your dean in order (check your marshal card for position number)

  • Follow the ushers to the stage when your college is called
  • Hood draped over left arm with point in front, Marshal card in right hand
  • Hand your marshal card to the Dean at the podium and walk across the stage to the hooding position
  • When your name is announced walk across the stage to the hooding position
  • Then hand your hood to the faculty member by the point and after being hooded, shake hands or hug faculty
  • Continue across the stage to shake hands, hug or fist bump with the Provost and smile for a photo
  • Proceed down the ramp and back to your seat at the direction of the ushers, then you may be seated
  • Photos will be taken on stage of each graduate, and you'll receive an email from "Flash Photography" to order photos after the ceremony

  • Follow the platform party and faculty in two lines beginning with row 1 during the recessional
  • Attend the reception on the plaza between the Wellness Center and the Sciences & Technology building following the ceremony

  • Silence cell phones during the event