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Undergraduate Commencement

Pre-commencement Friday, May 16, 2013

Commencement rehearsal: Rehearsal for Commencement will be held on Friday, May 16, 2014, at 9 a.m. Attendance at the rehearsal is mandatory. The rehearsal will take approximately two hours.

By 8:45 a.m. the morning of the rehearsal, assemble on the walkway behind Alumnae Hall where you will be lined up in the order of the procession. The rehearsal will begin promptly at 9 a.m. with a practice processional to the residential quadrangle. Please arrive promptly by 8:45 a.m.

A Baccalaureate rehearsal will be held in Coffman Chapel immediately following the Commencement rehearsal.

President's reception: A reception for graduating students and their families will be held in the Coblentz Hall Dining Room on Friday, May 16, 2014, at 4:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served. Please RSVP for the president's reception online at www.hood.edu/reception by Wednesday, May 14, 2014.

Baccalaureate service: The baccalaureate service will be held in Coffman Chapel on Friday, May 16, 2014, at 6 p.m. All graduating students and their families are encouraged to attend this service of celebration and farewell. We ask that students assemble in the basement of Coffman Chapel, Room 5, at 5:30 p.m. to line up for the service.

The Baccalaureate service comes to us from the medieval European custom of presenting the candidates for the degree of bachelor (Latin - bacca) with laurels (lauri) in the form of words or oration. The baccalaureate ceremony is a service of worship in celebration of and thanksgiving for lives dedicated to learning and wisdom. It is believed to have originated at Oxford University in 1432 when each bachelor was required to deliver a sermon in Latin as part of the fulfillment of one's academic requirements. While the roots of this service come from the Christian tradition, Anglican Church of England, Hood's service has evolved to an interfaith celebration in recognition of the many religious and spiritual traditions of our student body.

Dress code for the Baccalaureate Ceremony: Robes are required for the baccalaureate ceremony; women should also wear the white collar.

The robe should be closed. For women, the length should be below the knees. Under the robe, graduates should wear clothing appropriate for this special occasion. Jeans, T-shirts, flip-flops, etc. are not appropriate attire for the baccalaureate ceremony.

Saturday, May 17, 2013

Strawberry breakfast: The strawberry breakfast will be held in Coblentz Hall Dining Room on Saturday, May 17, 2014, from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. The breakfast is a Hood tradition dating back to 1928, when it was held in conjunction with the College May Day celebration. Mrs. Martha Carson, the College dietician and dining room supervisor from 1914-1948, started the tradition. The College continues this tradition, serving a breakfast buffet on the morning of Commencement that includes such specialties as strawberries, ice cream and sticky buns.

A ticket is required for all attendees, including the graduating student; each graduating senior is entitled to four complimentary meal tickets for use at either the Strawberry Breakfast or the Post-Commencement Picnic Luncheon. Tickets for the breakfast may be purchased online at a cost of $12.75 for adults and $6 for children aged 6 to 12 years; there is no cost for children aged 5 and under. The form for ordering the complimentary tickets and additional tickets may be accessed at www.hood.edu/Commencement beginning on April 7, 2014. Tickets will also be sold at the door.

Commencement ceremony

Commencement is the formal ceremony at which President Volpe officially confers your degree. The Commencement ceremony will be held under the tent on the residential quadrangle. The ceremony will begin promptly at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 17, 2014, and will last for approximately two and one-half hours. We ask that graduates arrive promptly at 9:30 a.m. and line up behind Alumnae Hall. Your guests may take their seats in the tent beginning at 9 a.m. No tickets are required for admission to the tent.

Please keep in mind Hood's policy that only those who have fulfilled all academic requirements and have met all of their financial obligations to the College may participate in the Commencement ceremony. Students who wish to be excused from the Commencement ceremony must secure permission from the registrar by Friday, May 16.

Commencement seating: There will be ample seating available for the commencement ceremony. You do not need a ticket for family members and guests. Guests will be seated on a first come, first served basis, and should arrive by 9:45 a.m.

Plenty of additional seating, for which a ticket is not required, will be available around the perimeter of the tent and in the Coblentz Dining Hall where the entire Ceremony will be broadcast on to a large screen.

Reserved seating is limited to handicapped guests and to those requiring special assistance. Please contact Julie Chalk, Provost's Office, 301-696-3623, Alumnae Hall, Room 104, no later than May 9, to make arrangements for special reserved seating. An interpreter for the hearing impaired will be available for both Baccalaureate and Commencement. Please contact Ms. Chalk, 301-696-3623, by May 9, if you need this service.

Each graduating senior is entitled to four complimentary meal tickets for use at either the Strawberry Breakfast or the Post-Commencement Picnic Luncheon. The form for ordering the complimentary tickets and additional tickets to the breakfast and/or luncheon may be accessed at www.hood.edu/Commencement beginning on April 7, 2014.

Dress code for Commencement: At Commencement, graduates and faculty wear academic regalia. All candidates wear a cap, tassel, robe and hood.

Under the robe, graduates should wear clothing appropriate for this special occasion. Jeans, T-shirts, flip-flops, etc. are not appropriate attire for the Commencement ceremony.

The hood should be worn velvet side out with the velvet binding flipped to show the colors; secure the hood so that it does not fall off your shoulders.

The mortarboard should be worn flat (parallel to the ground), secured with bobby pins, if necessary.

May undergraduate candidates should wear the tassel on the right and switch after receiving diplomas. September and January undergraduate candidates should wear the tassel on the left throughout the ceremony.

Academic honor ribbons should be worn to Baccalaureate and Commencement.

Guest parking: All parking spaces on campus will be available the day of the ceremony and additional parking will be available on the residential streets surrounding the campus. Campus Safety staff will assist with parking.

An important note: Please be aware that beverages (alcoholic or nonalcoholic) and smoking are prohibited for graduating students in the academic procession and during the ceremony. Graduates who do not cooperate with this policy will not be allowed to participate in the Commencement ceremony.

Post-commencement ceremony Saturday, May 17, 2014, after Commencement

Post-commencement picnic luncheon: The post-Commencement picnic luncheon will be held in the Coblentz Hall Dining Room immediately following the Commencement program on Saturday, May 17, 2014. A ticket is required for all attendees, including the graduating student; each graduating senior is entitled to four complimentary meal tickets for use at either the Strawberry Breakfast or the Post-Commencement Picnic Luncheon. Tickets for the luncheon may be purchased online at a cost of $12.50 for adults and $6.25 for children aged 6 to 12 years; there is no cost for children aged 5 and under. The form for ordering the complimentary tickets and additional tickets may be accessed at www.hood.edu/Commencement beginning on April 7, 2014. Tickets will also be sold at the door.

Additional information: View the full Schedule of activities. Please contact Julie Chalk in the Office of the Provost, 301-696-3623, chalk@hood.edu, for additional Commencement information, or check the Hood College Commencement website.