Commencement FAQs

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Yes. Once again, we will utilize Grad Images to take photographs of graduates as they cross the stage and exit the stage. We will also have multiple photographers taking candids and capturing as much of the day as possible. All photos will be available online in the week after commencement.

Apply for graduation and indicate commencement participation through the registrar’s office.  

Order academic regalia (cap & gown), class rings, announcements, and diploma frames through Hood College Booksore/Herff Jones

    • Online ordering directly through Herff Jones:
    • Purchase regalia in person that the on-campus Bookstore in Whitaker Campus Center
    • Take your gown and hood out of the packaging well ahead of time; steam out wrinkles if necessary

Obtain student organization cords from Student Engagement office

Obtain academic honor society cords from your academic department

  • Students should consult with their academic advisors and/or department chairs/program directors for information.

Obtain military cords for active duty or veterans through the Provost’s office: Julie Chalk (

Review the commencement schedule, procedures and other important information online at

  • Be sure to share ceremony livestream details with family and friends who can’t attend in-person
  • Be sure to make necessary arrangements for special accommodations through Accessibility Services ( no later than May 1.

Complete the career center survey (undergraduate students), which is emailed to Hood email accounts.

Yes, the event will be live streamed. A link will be available the morning of commencement on the Hood website.

Yes, there will be a will-call table on the corner of Blazer Trail and Hodson Drive, behind Coblentz Hall.

No, we will post a video to the commencement website with all logistical information, including how to wear regalia, how to line up, how to process, and how to exit.

Yes, your graduation attire is your ticket into the ceremony. Graduates who do not wear commencement regalia will not be able to process.

Can be purchased in the Bookstore or online at It’s not too late, but they should be ordered soon. Your cap & gown will serve as your “ticket” to enter the commencement ceremony field. You will not be able to process without it!

No, heels are not allowed on the field; anyone wearing heels will not be allowed to enter.  

No, the two tickets are for your guests.

No, the two-ticket limit pertains to the occupancy limits put in place by the state and county health departments. 

Chairs will be arranged at appropriate distance for the ceremony. College staff will be monitoring to ensure that chairs are not moved, and that guests stay appropriately masked.

Social distance between the graduate and the president will be maintained as each graduate walks across the stage to pose for the commencement photo. (No hand shaking or hugging.) 

Unfortunately, due to COVID restrictions, we will not be doing legacy photos or having the family member meet their graduate at the bottom of the stage ramp. Instead, we will announce legacy family members when the graduate crosses the stage.

Our goal is to prioritize graduates and their guests while maintaining strict capacity limits. Depending on the number of graduates and guests, faculty from each department may choose to delegate attendance at each ceremony. Alternatively, only department chairs or program directors may attend each ceremony. Regardless of the faculty attendance at the commencement ceremony itself, all faculty members will be invited to the Quad and will congregate at their department “flag” to congratulate graduates and take pictures after each ceremony. Depending upon underlying health conditions and vaccination status, some faculty members may not be able to attend in person.  Some departments are organizing virtual meetings with their graduates; watch for updates and monitor your email for the most recent information.

We will set up department flags on the entire Quad for faculty to meet their graduates after each ceremony for 30 minutes after each ceremony. A map of the flags will be printed in the commencement program.