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Morningside Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

UMass Chan Medical School Hooding Policy

The University of Massachusetts Chan Medical School (UMass Chan) allows for graduates that have a parent or family member who is currently on the faculty or an alumnus of UMass Chan to hood their graduate at Commencement.

Family hooders are required to attend a rehearsal, wear regalia and be seated on the stage during the ceremony.

If you would like to see if you qualify, please contact the Office of University Events.

Graduation Information

The thesis defense must be completed by April 1, 2022. All academic requirements much be completed by May 1, 2022 and all administrative requirements must be completed by noon on June 3, 2022.

Please see the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (GSBS) webpage for details.


Traditionally, the graduating student’s thesis advisor (mentor) attends and participates in Commencement by hooding his/her student. All graduating students must notify the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences office by April 15, 2022 if their thesis advisor will be attending Commencement and hooding them. If you have a co-thesis advisor and wish to be hooded by both at Commencement, include this in your notification. A faculty member will be appointed to hood students whose thesis advisors are unable to participate.  

NOTE: Seating for faculty participating in Commencement is arranged in advance and cannot be rearranged on the day of graduation.

Invitations and Tickets

An email containing a registration link will be sent to all Class of 2022 graduates on Wednesday, April 20. Upon receipt, graduates must register in EventBrite using the link and then may forward the email to family and friends they wish to invite to attend the Commencement ceremony in person. There is no limit to the number of guests that graduates may invite; however, each guest must complete the online registration.

Please note that in support of campus sustainability at UMass Chan, printed Commencement invitations will no longer be distributed. Any questions pertaining to online registration may be directed to the Office of University Events.

Accessible Seating

If any of your guests use a wheelchair or walker, need a signer, have an assistance animal, or need other special consideration, reserved seating for handicapped guests and three companions is available.  Please notify Mindy Donovan by May 27, 2022 and we will do our best to accommodate their needs. Accessible seating will be held until 11:35 a.m., at which time unoccupied seats will be released for open seating.


Rented caps and gowns will be available for pickup in the GSBS office May 23, 2022They must be returned in the original bag to Medical School room S1-123 clearly marked with your name, no later than June 6, 2022. The hood and tassel that will be provided at the ceremony is yours to keep. 

Click the banner below to order your regalia!

Celebration of Student Academic Achievement

Please mark your calendars for June 2, 2022 for the tenth annual GSBS Student Academic Achievement Awards ceremony and reception. This special event recognizes student achievements across all years. Presentation of the awards will begin at 3 p.m. in The Cube of the Albert Sherman Center to be followed by a reception at 4 p.m. All GSBS students and faculty are invited to this event; tickets are not required.

Questions regarding this event may be directed to Annette Stratton.

Photos and Video 

A group photo will be taken on the LRB Lobby (on the stairs) at approximately 10:30 a.m. on Commencement Day. Be sure to wear your regalia for this photo. A link to the group photo will be mailed to you following the Commencement ceremonies.

A video recording of the entire Commencement ceremony will be available. You may stream live , as well as view the recording after the ceremony.