Master of Public Administration Graduation

Purce HallThe 2020 MPA Hooding Ceremony will take place in Purce Hall on Friday, June 12th at 10:30 am. The ceremony includes short presentations by honored guests and selected students. Each graduate is called forward to be "hooded" -- to have their master's hood ceremonially placed over their head by the MPA faculty member of their choice, accompanied by family, loved ones, other faculty, staff, etc. After the Hooding Ceremony, light refreshments will be served. 

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. Order graduation regalia and other graduation items (invitations, diploma holders, etc.) through the Evergreen Bookstore.

MPA has some regalia (limited caps/gowns & hoods) that graduates can borrow for the day. If you would like to borrow regalia, email Dhara Katz, MPA Program Assistant. Borrowed items are expected to be returned to the Lab 1 MPA Office #3019 soon after graduation day.


An Evergreen photographer will be taking random photos to give a sense of the event, but not a visual accounting of each graduate. To be sure you have a personal photograph of this special occasion, please have a friend or family member available to take pictures of the graduate.

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 2020 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.

If you plan to participate in the MPA Hooding Ceremony, please RSVP here.