Texas Tech University

Induction and Hooding Ceremonies

Photo of Induction and Hooding Graduates

August 2024 Induction and Hooding Ceremonies Date and Time

Ceremony Date Time Registration Link
Undergraduate Induction Friday, August 2nd 2:00 p.m. Register for Induction
Graduate Hooding Friday, August 2nd 10:00 a.m. Register for Hooding

Registration deadline is 5:00 p.m. July 29th.

What is Induction?

Each semester, the College of Education holds its Induction of Professional Educators, welcoming those who have completed the required coursework and qualifying examinations into the field of education. During this ceremony, each qualified graduate receives cords and is individually recognized as they walk across the stage of the Allen Theatre. Induction is NOT official university commencement. It is a completely separate ceremony organized and hosted by the College of Education.

Induction is a smaller, more intimate ceremony than university commencement that gives graduates and their friends and families another opportunity to celebrate accomplishments. There is also time after the ceremony to take pictures and interact with staff and faculty that have been part of the educational journey.

Induction is NOT mandatory and in NO WAY impacts your ability to graduate. However, please note that in order to receive your cords, you MUST be in attendance at the ceremony.

Please read the FAQs below before contacting our staff with questions.

Register for Induction

Student receiving cords at induction

What is Hooding?

Each semester, the College of Education holds a hooding ceremony to recognize students who have earned a master's or doctoral degree. Hooding is very symbolic in nature as the process of hooding represents the passing of knowledge and legacy from a professor to their protégé. It originated at European universities during the 11th and 12th centuries.

The College of Education Hooding Ceremony is NOT official university commencement. It is a completely separate ceremony organized and hosted by the College of Education. It is a smaller, more intimate ceremony and gives graduates and their friends and family another opportunity to celebrate accomplishments. There is also time after the ceremony to take pictures and interact with staff and faculty that have been part of the educational journey.

Hooding is NOT mandatory and in NO WAY impacts your ability to graduate. However, please note that in order to receive your medallion, you MUST be in attendance at the ceremony.

Please read the FAQs below before contacting our staff with questions.

Register for Graduate Hooding

 

FAQs

Q: Where are the Induction and Hooding Ceremonies held?

Map to the Allen Theatre in the TTU Student Union Building

The ceremonies are held in the Allen Theatre inside the Student Union Building on Texas Tech's Lubbock Campus.

Parking is available in the Band Lot/R11. Guests can walk through the School of Music to the SUB. Parking is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Q: How many guests may I invite? 

Feel free to invite as many guests as you like. For our Induction and Hooding ceremonies, our motto is “The more the merrier!”

Q: What should I wear? 

Business casual dress is appropriate. Undergrads should wear their full regalia. Graduate students should wear full regalia and drape their hood over their arm so their chosen faculty presenter can place the hood on them during the ceremony.

Q: What about my cap?

Graduate students, please do not wear your mortar boards or tams for the Hooding Ceremony.

Not only will your chosen faculty mentor be placing your hood over your head, the dean will also be placing a medallion around your neck and the hats make this very challenging.

Leave them in your seat or with friends and family during the ceremony. 

Q: What if I am unable to attend?

We carefully plan our ceremonies so that they will be as convenient as possible for all that wish to attend. However, no schedule will be able to accommodate everyone. With that said, you MUST be in attendance at the appropriate ceremony in order to receive your cords or medallion.

Q: Where will I sit?

Graduates will have assigned seating. There will be staff available to help you find your assigned seat.

Guests may sit in any seat that is not assigned to a graduate or reserved for faculty and staff.

Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Q: When can I get into the Allen Theatre to get my seats?

The doors to the Allen Theatre will open thirty minutes prior to the start of the ceremony.

Q: What if the faculty member I want to present my cords/medallion isn't available?

Undergraduates will be corded by their site coordinators.

Graduate Students: If your preferred faculty member is not available, the Dean of the College, Kamau Siwatu, will do the honors.

Q: Can my mom, friend, etc… present my cords/medallion? 

No. The person presenting your cords/medallion must be a representative of the College of Education that played a role in your educational achievement.

Q: What do the cords' colors and medallions represent?

Undergraduates receive a set of tri-colored cords: red and black representing Texas Tech's colors and a baby blue cord that is the academic color assigned to the field of education.

Graduate students recieve a medallion corresponding to their level of degree attainment: silver for master's and gold for doctoral on a baby blue ribbon.

Q: I am getting a bachelor's degree but am not receiving my teacher certification. Can I participate? 

No. In order to be inducted as a professional educator, you must be receiving teacher certification.

Q: How do I get my diploma?

Graduate students will receive their diplomas via mail from the Texas Tech Graduate School 6-8 weeks after commencement.

Undergraduates will be able to pick up their diplomas at the College of Education after the induction ceremony. You will receive additional information on the time and place of pick-up via email from karen.noles@ttu.edu.

Q: How do I get additional information about TTU commencement ceremonies?

Please visit the Office of the Provost's website for information on comencement ceremonies.

Q: What if I have a question not addressed here?

Once you have completely reviewed the information here, if you still have questions contact lauren.brownell@ttu.edu.