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Let us know the name of the sponsor (parent, spouse, child, faculty member, friend) who will hood you at the graduation ceremony. The hooding ceremony takes place as you cross the stage to receive your diploma. Your sponsor, who holds the hood during the ceremony, will place the hood over your head just as Dr. Hancock shakes your hand and hands you the diploma.
The academic hood is a visual representation of your level of academic achievement and the scholastic degree being conferred. The hood is designed to be worn with the velvet side up and the small tapered end in front. The small tapered end has a cord you may attach to a shirt button to prevent the hood from riding against your neck. The velvet trim represents the learning discipline (major), the chevron represents the college or university conferring the degree, the lining represents the college or university, and the black shell is the traditional color determined by the Intercollegiate Bureau.