Graduation Commencement Ceremony

MPA Graduation

Spring 2014 graduation day is Friday, June 13th:

Want to:

  • participate/“walk” in the MPA Hooding Ceremony, campus Commencement Ceremony or both ceremonies? To qualify, you need to complete at least *46* graduate credits by the end of Spring quarter.
  • have your degree awarded in Spring 2014 or Summer 2014? You'll need to complete 60 credits, fulfill MPA graduation requirements and apply using the Graduation Application by Monday, April 14th:
  • Submitting your Graduation Application ensures that your name will be printed in the MPA Hooding and campus 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 60 credits for the MPA degree.

Details are below!

Spring 2014 Graduation ceremony info:

The day of graduation, Friday June 13th, will consist of two events that make up the graduation experience. The MPA Hooding Ceremony will take place in the Longhouse from 10:00am to approximately 12:00 noon. Then, the campus-wide Commencement ceremony will occur from 1:00 pm to approximately 4:15 pm in Red Square.

  • The MPA Hooding Ceremony begins with welcome remarks, short presentations by selected students, faculty and staff, followed by the hooding ceremony itself. Graduates are seated by cohort in alphabetical order. Each graduate is called forward to be "hooded" -- to have their graduation hood placed over their head by the MPA faculty member of their choice (but could be by family, a couple of faculty, staff, or any combination of these). Light refreshments will be served after the ceremony. The Hooding Ceremony will end in time for the graduates to participate in the campus-wide Commencement ceremony. Space is limited, and graduates will be asked to RSVP with the number of guests they plan to bring to the Hooding Ceremony.
  • The campus Commencement ceremony will follow at 1:00pm Red Square. Graduate students from all three programs (MPA, MES and MIT) and undergraduates will line up to form a procession and be seated. Graduate students are seated together by their program, and after a series of speakers, they are called to receive their "diploma" (actually a diploma cover) ahead of the undergraduates. In order to cross the stage to receive your diploma cover, you are *required* to have a yellow "Check in Card" -- we will have all yellow Check in Cards at the MPA Hooding Ceremony. Your name will be preprinted 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. You can bring an unlimited number of guests to the campus-wide Commencement ceremony. Parking is always a challenge on graduation day, so 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. 

Graduation ceremony participation -- complete 46 credits or more:

To *participate* ("walk") in both the MPA Hooding Ceremony and the campus-wide Commencement ceremony in June, you must have completed 46 credits or more by the end of Spring quarter. You do *not* have to complete all required 60 credits to “walk” in these ceremonies. However, you will not receive your diploma – and officially graduate - until you have completed all your credit requirements. Your participation in these ceremonies is *optional* - you can go to one, both, or neither, as you wish. If you have not fulfilled all 60 credits by the end of Spring Quarter, and still wish to “walk” there is no requirement regarding when you need to complete your remaining coursework (although FYI, by default, you will be listed in the main ceremony program as graduating in Summer quarter), except that you have 6 years total to complete your MPA. Remember that even if you're eligible to “walk” in ceremonies this year, you can also opt to wait until you are completely done, and participate in next year's ceremonies.

MPA degree award -- complete 60 credits + MPA degree requirements + submit Graduation Application:

To *officially* graduate -- have your degree officially awarded -- you need to complete 60 credits and all MPA degree requirements by the end of the quarter you wish to graduate *and* apply to graduate using the Graduation Application. Please see the campus Graduation Application Process page for more information.

To have your degree awarded in Spring or Summer 2014, complete the Graduation Application form and submit it, along with the $25 fee, to the Registration office by Monday, April 14th.

You can pay using my.evergreen and submit the completed/signed form as a PDF via email to Lori Klatt in Registration at or via fax to Lori at 360-867-6680.

Submitting your Graduation Application ensures that your name will be printed in the hooding and graduation 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 60 credits for the MPA degree.

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.

Caps and gowns etc. (graduation regalia) -- order through the Evergreen Bookstore

MPA 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 MPA grads come in full regalia, some in partial regalia, some in nice clothes, and some "come as they are" -- it's up to you (it's Evergreen)!

Order graduation regalia and other graduation related "stuff" (invitations, diploma holders, etc.) through the Evergreen Bookstore.

If you don't want to buy regalia, here are some options -- contact Jan Hays, MPA Office Assistant by Tuesday, May 27th.

  • MPA has a few complete sets of regalia (cap/gown/hood/tassel) that graduates can borrow for the day
  • MPA also has several hoods that students can share to use while being hooded

If we have more requests than we can accommodate, we'll choose names at random in time for graduates to buy regalia if need be.