The 2021 MES Hooding Ceremony will be held virtually on Saturday, June 12th, at 10:00am

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, since both events will be held online. Order graduation regalia and other graduation items (invitations, diploma holders, etc.) through the Evergreen Bookstore.


Since our Hooding Ceremony will be held virtually, we will not be able to offer official photographs to commemorate your achievement. To be sure you have a personal photograph of this special occasion, please have a friend or family member capture your graduation at home during the virtual ceremony.

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, 2021. You do not need to have completed your thesis by Spring quarter to participate in the virtual Commencement Ceremony in June, however, you must be on track to complete your thesis by December 31st, 2021.

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 Averi Azar, MES Assistant Director at:

To graduate and apply to graduate, submit the application and pay the $40 fee listed on the Apply to Graduate page.

To have your degree awarded in Winter, Spring, or Summer 2021, apply to graduate.

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.

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.


This academic year, the MES Hooding Ceremony will occur virtually. Traditional academic dress at the Hooding Ceremony includes the Masters hood which represent their graduate level achievement. The inside of the hood is green and white to represent the college. The outside of the hood is black with a gold band to represent the sciences. This is the most symbolic piece of the Hooding Ceremony and in a normal year, each student would be hooded by their faculty thesis reader. This year, student names will be read by their faculty reader and then they may hood themselves or choose a helper at home to hood them. 

Our plan is to have each faculty introduce their students and say a few words about them. We will then ask the graduate to introduce those hooding them (if they have someone) and have a moment for everyone to observe the hooding and applaud. Please reach out to Averi Azar at with any questions you may have about the ceremony.