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College of Osteopathic Medicine Hooding Ceremony

hoodingThe UNE College of Osteopathic Medicine (COM) will be honoring the Class of 2020 candidates for the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree on Saturday, May 16 at 3 p.m. at Merrill Auditorium in Portland, Maine. The Hooding Ceremony takes place after the Commencement Ceremony at Cross Insurance Arena. Students will have come full circle after their initial induction into medical school during the symbolic White Coat Ceremony. This time we celebrate their dedication and achievement as they receive their diploma. 

Students and their families will be receiving an invitation by mail for this event. Please RSVP to the COM Office of Recruitment, Student & Alumni Services by calling (207) 602-2329 or by mailing your RSVP to:

COM Office of Recruitment, Student & Alumni Services
11 Hills Beach Road
Biddeford, ME 04005

live video stream will be available during the event.

Directions & Parking

Merrill Auditorium is located at 20 Myrtle Street, Portland, Maine, 04101. Google Map

The entrance to Merrill Auditorium is about a quarter of the way down Myrtle Street, just before City Hall. It is a one-way street off of Congress St. and may be used to drop-off family members closer to the entrance.

The easiest place to park is Top of the Port, a large, 500-car surface lot located between Congress Street and Cumberland. A $10 event-parking fee will be charged, to be paid in cash upon entering the lot.

hoodingOrigins of the Hooding Ceremony

The Hooding Ceremony is believed to derive from the traditions of European universities during the Middle Ages. The regalia, worn by our faculty and graduates, is based on the ecclesiastical dress of the time. The symbolic significance of the Hooding Ceremony is substantiated by the importance of the church during the Medieval Period.

The type of degree conferred and the institution are reflected in the colors of the hood. Green signifies the Doctor of Medicine degree, and the blue represents UNE COM.

At the UNE COM Hooding Ceremony, students may choose a family member or mentor with a terminal degree to hood them. Otherwise, a UNE hooder will be provided.

Graduate Hooding Instructions are available for those participating in the ceremony.

2020 Keynote Speaker

The keynote speaker is TBA.

(207) 602-2329