Master of Public Administration Graduation

Spring 2015 graduation day is Friday, June 12th:

Quick info:

  • You are eligible to participate/“walk” in the Spring 2015 MPA Hooding Ceremony, campus Commencement Ceremony or both ceremonies as long as you expect to complete at least *46* graduate credits by the end of the Spring 2015 quarter.
  • If you want to have your MPA degree awarded in Spring 2015 or Summer 2015: you'll need to complete at least 60 graduate credits, fulfill MPA graduation requirements and apply to graduate by Thursday, April 30th using one of the methods on the How to Graduate page
  • Submitting your Graduation Application ensures that your name will be printed in the MPA Hooding and campus Commencement ceremony programs, *and* starts the process of confirming your credits and awarding your degree. On the form, just select the term you actually intend to complete your final credits toward your MPA degree.
  • If you will complete 46 credits by end of Spring 2015 but don't expect to graduate until *after* Summer 2015, don't worry: you can still walk in the Hooding Ceremony and/or the campus Commencement ceremony and have your name printed in the program(s). You can either submit your Graduation Application with the appropriate term or submit your name to Registration (for Commencement participation, to and Jan Hays (for Hooding Ceremony participation, to by Thursday, April 30th.

Details are below!

Spring 2015 Graduation ceremony info:

The day of graduation, Friday June 12th, will consist of two events that make up the graduation experience. The MPA Hooding Ceremony will take place in the Costantino Recreation Center (CRC) 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, accompanied by family, staff, another faculty member or any combination of these. 

Space at the Hooding Ceremony is limited, and graduates will be asked to RSVP with the number of guests they plan to bring to the Hooding Ceremony.

After the Hooding Ceremony, light refreshments will be served, and graduates and their guests are welcome to hang out, take photos, etc. Graduates who wish to participate in the campus-wide Commencement ceremony proceed to the "Graduation Line-Up" between Lab 1 and the Lecture Halls by 12:30, and their guests proceed to Guest Seating in Red Square.

  • The campus Commencement ceremony begins 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 be on track to complete 46 credits or more by the end of the Spring 2015 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 the 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 one of the methods of submitting the application and paying the $25 fee listed on the How to Graduate page.

To have your degree awarded in Spring or Summer 2015, apply to graduate by the *final* deadline of Thursday, April 30th.

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 Wednesday, 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.