Master of Public Administration Graduation

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

The 2022 MPA Hooding Ceremony will take place in Purce Hall Lecture One on Thursday, June 9th at 6:00 pm. 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.

Our ceremony this year will accommodate both graduates and guests who wish to participate in-person and those who wish to participate remotely.  In-person graduates and guests will be welcomed in the Purce Hall Lecture One auditorium about 30 minutes before the ceremony. At-home graduates and guests will participate in the ceremony over Zoom (please check your Evergreen email for details about logging in).    As is tradition, our ceremony will include presentations by honored guests and selected students. We will then recognize each graduate individually for hooding.  In-person graduates will come forward and may be hooded by a faculty member or by a friend or family member.  At-home graduates may hood themselves or invite them or a member of their stay-at-home family to place the hood on their shoulders. We invite and encourage at-home graduates to share a live webcam feed from their home while they are being hooded so that we can all celebrate this achievement together. The Purce Hall auditorium will include big screen televisions so that in-person graduates can share in the achievements of their peers who are at home.  If you plan to participate in the MPA Hooding Ceremony, please complete this RSVP form by Monday, May 23rd to enable us to plan for you and your guests.

In-person graduates and guests are strongly encouraged to wear masks indoors during the hooding ceremony.  Purce Hall Lecture One is one of the largest rooms on the Evergreen campus and we would also like to encourage guests to select seats in this room so as to socially distance themselves to the extent possible.

Parking will be free after 5:00 pm. Lot B will provide easiest access to Purce Hall. See a map of campus and driving directions here.

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 2022 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 2022: 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 9th.