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Important Dates

UCO Nursing Ceremony: Saturday, December 12, 2015, at 6:00 p.m. in the Nigh Center Ballrooms
CFAD Reception: Saturday, December 12, 2015, from 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. in the Melton Gallery
CEPS Reception for Master's students:  Friday, December 11, 2015, 3-4 p.m. for Graduate Students: Nigh University Center, 4th Floor Will Rogers Room 421
CEPS Reception for Undergraduate students: Friday, December 11, 2015, at 11:00 Room 421 (Will Rogers), Nigh University Center
CLA Reception for Master's students: Friday, December 11, 2015, 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. for master's students in Room 211, Liberal Arts
CLA Reception for Undergraduate students: Saturday, December 12, 2015, 3:30 p.m. in the Liberal Arts Foyer
CMS Reception: Saturday, December 12, 2015, from 11:30-1:00 p.m. in the Howell Hall Atrium

The Hooding Ceremony

This special Hooding Ceremony adds to the graduation experience by making it possible to focus on advanced degree candidates and their accomplishments. It allows graduate faculty and staff, family and friends a chance to witness the ceremonial hooding of the graduate student.

History and Significance of the Graduate Hood

Graduate students holding hoodsThe origins of academic dress date back to the 12th and 13th centuries, when universities were taking form. The hood that forms part of today's academic dress was originally a head covering for bad weather. Later it was dropped to the shoulders in the form of a small cape. Eventually, the hood became a separate piece of apparel bearing even more symbolism than the gown. Today, hoods are the most expressive component of the academic costume. They serve to communicate the owner's school, degree and field of study through their length and the colors of the lining and binding. Today's hoods have evolved from a serviceable article of clothing to a type of elongated scarf draped over the shoulders and displayed down the back with the lining turned inside out.

UCO's master's degree graduates and candidates receive their hood because of the level of education they have pursued beyond the baccalaureate degree. The University of Central Oklahoma's colors are blue and gold, hence these colors on the hood. The velvet trim on the hood signifies the scholar's field. For example, a Master of Education recipient will have a blue and gold hood trimmed in light blue; a Master of Science recipient will have a blue and gold hood trimmed in golden yellow.

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