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.
Please visit the UNE Commencement webpage for updates regarding this year’s ceremony.
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.