The hood is part of the academic regalia, which emerged from medieval academic traditions, that came to this continent in 1754 from England to King’s College, now Columbia University in New York City. It symbolizes academic achievement and accomplishments. The colors identify the university and college from which the scholar graduated.
Your hoods tell everyone that you are a proud graduate and scholar from the College of Education and Human Services at Ferris State University.
In medieval times, the hood was functional. It kept the scholars, who wore them, warm and provided receptacles for them to collect food and money from the students whom they tutored. In some European universities, particularly at the famous British universities, scholars continue to wear their regalia daily.
From this day forward, after President Eisler confers your degrees, Master of Science of Criminal Justice Administration, Master of Science in Career and Technical Education, and Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction, you will be recognized as scholars who achieved the level of master in your chosen discipline.