Graduation will be Friday, June 15, 2018


MES Hooding Ceremony: Space at the Spring 2018 MES Hooding Ceremony will be limited. We expect to have 30-40 graduates, so each graduate may bring a maximum of 6 or 7 guests (not including themselves) to the Hooding Ceremony. A survey to RSVP for yourself, your friends and family and to communicate any special accommodation needs will be sent out by email in mid-April.

The MES Hooding Ceremony includes short presentations by honored guests and selected students, ending with the hooding ceremony itself. Graduates are seated with their cohort. Each graduate is called forward to be "hooded" -- to have their master's hood ceremonially placed over their head by the MES faculty member of their choice, accompanied by family, loved ones, other faculty, staff, etc. After the Hooding Ceremony, light refreshments will be served.

Campus-wide Commencement Ceremony: Graduates may bring any number of guests to the Commencement Ceremony. Graduates who wish to participate in the Commencement Ceremony proceed to the "Graduation Line-Up" by 12:30 pm, and their guests proceed to guest seating in Red Square.

The Commencement Ceremony begins at 1 pm in Red Square. Graduates from all three programs (MPA, MES and MiT) and undergraduates will line up to form a procession and be seated. They are then called to receive their diploma.

In order to receive your diploma you are required to have a check-in card. Your name will be printed on the card, and you will hand the check-in card to a reader who will use the card to announce your name as you cross the stage. Check-in cards will be at the MES Hooding Ceremony.

Parking is always a challenge on graduation day: be prepared by arriving before the crowds.

If you decide to attend the campus Commencement Ceremony, you may leave after your name is called—there are no requirements on attendance. 

Regalia (Cap, Hood, and Gown)

The MES graduation regalia includes a cap, gown, hood, and tassel. Wearing graduation regalia is optional, for both the Hooding Ceremony and the Commencement ceremony. Historically, some MES grads come in full regalia, some in partial regalia, some in nice clothes, and some in regular clothes. Order graduation regalia and other graduation items (invitations, diploma holders, etc.) through the Evergreen Bookstore.

MES has some regalia (limited caps/gowns &  hoods) that graduates can borrow for the day. If you would like to borrow regalia, email Averi Azar, MES Program Assistant, by Friday, May 25th 2018, at: Borrowed items are expected to be returned to the Lab 1, MES Office 3019 within two weeks after graduation day.


An Evergreen photographer will be taking random photos to give a sense of the event, but not a visual accounting of each graduate. To be sure you have a personal photograph of this special occasion, please have a friend or family member available to take pictures of the graduate.

Graduation Requirements

To participate in the MES Hooding Ceremony and/or the Commencement Ceremony in June, you need to have completed 16 elective credits and be on track to complete the remaining 8 credits by December 31st, 2018. You do not need to have completed your thesis by Spring quarter to walk in the Commencement Ceremony in June, however, you must be on track to complete your thesis by December 31st, 2018 to walk.

You will not receive your diploma—and officially graduate—until you have completed all of your credit requirements and thesis. You can also opt to wait until you have completed all MES coursework and requirements to participate in Hooding and/or Commencement. If you have any questions about graduation and credit requirements please contact Andrea Martin, MES Assistant Director at:

To graduate and apply to graduate, submit the application and pay the $25 fee listed on the How to Graduate page.

To have your degree awarded in Spring or Summer 2018, apply to graduate by Friday, April 13, 2018.

Submitting your graduation application insures that your name will be printed in the Hooding and Commencement Ceremony programs, and you start the process of confirming your credits and awarding your degree. On the form you must specify which quarter you expect to complete your 72 credits for the MES degree.

If you're planning a Fall 2018 degree award and you wish to participate in the Spring 2018 Hooding Ceremony, email Averi Azar, MES Program Assistant, by Thursday, April 26, 2018, at:

Your diploma will be mailed to you once all of your final evaluations have been filed and your credits posted. This process could take several weeks, so please expect your diploma only after you have actually completed all graduation requirements, and they have been processed.