The Graduate School
UT Tyler Graduate Hooding Ceremonies
To honor master’s and doctoral graduates of UT Tyler, Graduate Hooding Ceremonies will be held on our Tyler campus Friday, April 30, 2021. Some colleges will offer virtual hooding ceremonies rather than in-person events; those may be held on a different day.
Family and friends are invited to attend both online and in-person ceremonies. Participating colleges will send out RSVP requests for the event so please keep an eye on your Patriot email accounts.
A gentle reminder for safety and building regulations: The following items are not allowed: balloons, baby strollers, confetti cannons, noise makers, posters, food, or drinks. No equipment or items of any sort may be placed in the aisle as these pose hazards to attendees.
PLEASE NOTE: Masks are required for entry and social distancing will be enforced.
Visit the Commencement Website for more information about the graduation ceremonies.
The Hooding Ceremony is a special recognition ceremony for doctoral and master’s degree candidates during which a graduate faculty member places the master's or doctoral hood over the head of the graduate, signifying the graduate's success in completing the graduate program. The ceremony is similar to a graduation in that faculty and students are dressed in academic attire (regalia). The Hooding Ceremony is in addition to and does not replace the main University Commencement at the Patriot Plaza, in which all graduates may participate.
Please be sure to RSVP with your college for the event. Your college will email the invitation to your Patriots account.
This ceremony is a special honor for doctoral and master’s degree recipients, who may invite a designated number of guests to attend.
Tentative times and locations for the in-person hooding ceremonies are listed below:
Friday, April 30th
9:00am – College of Arts and Sciences at The Ornelas Activity Center
1:00 pm – College of Education and Psychology at The Cowan Center
5:00pm – Fisch College of Pharmacy at The Cowan Center
Several colleges plan to have virtual ceremonies, so they will be in touch with students via their Patriot email accounts with details.
Yes, children are welcome to attend the ceremony. Children are not permitted to join the processional, recessional, or a parent on stage when they receive a hood. But we strongly encourage enthusiastic cheering!
Yes, tickets will be distributed to graduates. The number of tickets will depend on the number of estimated guests. Final details about the number of guests will be emailed to each student who RSVPs. You must RSVP to attend the event. Your college will email the invitation to your Patriots account.
Information on Commencement Regalia is found online.
Students and guests attending Friday ceremonies will park at Rose Heights Church and take the UT Tyler provided shuttles to the main campus.
At least one hour before the ceremony start time.
We recommend arriving at least an hour in advance of the ceremony to allow time to catch the shuttle and to get seated.
Professional photographers will take photos as degree recipients are hooded and as they shake hands with the dean. Details will be mailed directly to graduates. Friends and families are encouraged to take pictures as well.
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