Master of Public Administration Graduation

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Two smiling, femme students hug after receiving their MPA graduation hoods

The 2021 Master of Public Administration hooding ceremony took place on Friday, June 11th at 10:00 a.m. This ceremony officially confers upon you the academic hood, an item of academic regalia that symbolizes the high degree of scholarship one has attained with the completion of a Masters degree. Once it has been conferred, you are entitled to wear the hood as part of your academic dress in graduation and other collegiate ceremonies. Masters of Public Administration hoods are distinguished from those of other degrees by their peacock blue trim.

In order to respect the efforts we are all making to protect public health and safety, this year’s hooding ceremony will take place in a virtual format. You, your friends, and family are invited to participate from your homes in this ceremony via a webcast platform. As is tradition, our ceremony will include presentations by honored guests and selected students. We will then recognize each graduate individually and, in turn, invite them or a member of their stay-at-home family to place the hood on their shoulders. We invite and encourage graduates to share a live webcam feed from their home while they are being hooded so that we can all celebrate this achievement together. If you plan to participate in the MPA Hooding Ceremony, you must RSVP here by April 15th, 2021, so that we have your name as you would like it to appear in the ceremony program along with the name of the person who will be hooding you, be it yourself or another.

Links to the event will be emailed to registered graduates and friends and family will be able to virtually attend the event. Additionally, graduates will be invited to share photos with fellow grads.

Regalia (Cap, Hood, and Gown)

The MPA graduation regalia includes a cap, gown, hood, and tassel. Wearing graduation regalia is optional, for both the Hooding Ceremony and the Commencement ceremony. Mortar boards (caps) and commemorative items will be mailed to graduates. Please order your graduation regalia and other graduation items (invitations, diploma holders, etc.) through the Evergreen Bookstore.

You may email Lucky Anguelov if you would like MPA graduation regalia but have need for financial assistance.

Graduation Requirements

To participate in the MPA Hooding Ceremony and/or the Commencement Ceremony in June, you must be on track to complete a minimum of 46 graduate credits—​including Capstone—by the end of the Spring 2021 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 of your credit requirements. You can also opt to wait until you have completed all MPA coursework and requirements to participate in Hooding and/or Commencement.

To 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. Apply to graduate by submitting the application and paying the $40 fee listed on the Apply to Graduate page.

Submitting your graduation application insures that your name will be printed in the Hooding and Commencement Ceremony programs, and begins 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 expect your diploma after you have completed all graduation requirements, and they have been processed.

To the MPA class of 2021: Congratulations on completing your Master of Public Administration! The MPA program faculty and staff are looking forward to celebrating the culmination of your hard work and achievements with you and your family and friends on June 11th.