The Hooding Ceremony honors candidates for the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from the UNE College of Osteopathic Medicine (COM). 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.
Invitations will be sent by mail for the ceremony. Students are asked to RSVP for themselves and their families.
A live video stream will be available during the event for those unable to attend the ceremony.
Directions and 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.
Origins 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.
The 2020 Keynote Speaker was Charles D. Radis, D.O. Dr. Radis provided primary care to year-round islands in Casco Bay. He eventually left his Peaks Island medical practice for fellowship training in clinical immunology/rheumatology at the University of Pittsburgh’s Presbyterian University Hospital. He returned to Maine to practice rheumatology.
Throughout his years as both a primary health care physician and as a specialist, Dr. Radis has published both in peer-reviewed scientific journals and in the popular press.