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UMass Medical School Hooding Policy
The University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) allows for graduates that have a parent or family member who is currently on the faculty or an alumnus of UMMS 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.
The thesis defense must be completed by March 30, 2018. All academic requirements much be completed by May 1, 2018 and all administrative requirements must be completed by noon on June 1, 2018.
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 May 1, 2018 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
Graduates and their guests are invited to Commencement and all Commencement events; tickets are required for the ceremony. You may invite up to 20 guests and you must provide each guest with a ticket in order that we may provide sufficient seating, food and parking. Email Mindy Donovan by April 30, 2018, to reserve the number of tickets you want; you will be contacted when they are delivered. Then, as your plans firm up, request additional tickets by email and return any unused tickets to the GSBS Office. Commencement will now be joining the "Growing Green" initiative at UMMS in order to help lower the insitiution's carbon footprint. We will be distributing less printed invitations, as well as programs, this year and encourage graduates to use our online invitation form to communicate with guests.
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 Friday, May 11, 2018 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.
University Cap & Gown has been selected to provide your graduation regalia. All students should order their regalia online before April 30th. Please have your Student ID Number (found in PeopleSoft) ready when registering for your regalia.
Caps and gowns must be returned in the original bag to the Book Store (S1-103), clearly marked with your name, no later than Monday, June 4th. The hood that will be provided at the ceremony is yours to keep.
Celebration of Student Academic Achievement
Please mark your calendars for Thursday, May 31st, 2018, for the ninth 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 Sunday. 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.
If you wish to place a graduation announcement in your hometown newspaper, a suggested format is provided here. Amend it to convey all the appropriate personal information.