Master S Graduation

A masters degree is an academic award given to students who have completed one to two years of college-level study that is at a higher level than bachelors coursework. Once a student has been accepted into a masters degree course of study, he will generally have to complete the required coursework, as well as write a thesis or a conduct graduate research study, depending on the field of study in which he is earning his masters degree.

After a masters student has completed the required coursework and has submitted his thesis or research results, he will have to take a series of exams that include:

  • a defense of the thesis
  • an oral exam
  • a written exam.

Depending on the number of students in your graduate class, you will find out your results of these exams anywhere between one and three weeks after taking them. While some colleges and universities mail your results to you, others require you to come to the department to find out whether or not you have passed and will be eligible to walk in the graduation ceremonies.

Masters Graduation Ceremony

Unlike other graduation ceremonies, the event held for those receiving masters degrees varies depending on the college. For example, while some colleges hold masters graduation ceremonies that only include professors, masters students and associated family, others are combined with undergraduate graduation ceremonies. In general, larger schools tend to combine the graduations of undergraduates and masters students, as well as PhD students, to save time.

On the other hand, if larger schools dont have an undergraduate department that correlates with their masters program, the masters graduation will be held separately. Examples of these fields of study that colleges tend to offer masters, but not bachelors, degrees in include:

  • creative writing
  • hotel management
  • journalism
  • law
  • publishing
  • teaching.
  • Aside from this, masters graduation ceremonies generally follow the same agenda as undergraduate graduations:
  • a welcoming statement
  • a speech by a keynote speaker
  • the procession of graduates that includes the distribution of diplomas
  • closing remarks.

However, masters graduations typically also include a segment in which the Dean or Head of that Department gives a select few masters graduates awards of excellence, scholarships or otherwise recognizes notable achievements associated with this graduating class.

Special Graduation Gowns for Masters Graduates

Graduation gowns for masters students are a bit different than other graduation gowns. In addition to wearing the traditional graduation cap, masters graduates wear a gown that comes with a hood that hangs off the back of the gown. Hoods for masters gowns are typically colored in either the schools colors or in colors associated with the field of study in which the student is earning his or her masters degree.

Similarly, masters students who graduate with honors or other special distinctions may also wear special tassels on their caps or cords around their necks. Check with your chosen department of study to find out the particular graduation gear that you can and should wear.

Gifts for Masters Graduates

Choosing a gift for a masters graduate may seem overwhelming because they arent common gifts to give. In general, gifts for masters students should be similar to what you would give an bachelors graduate, albeit a bit more expensive in nature to commemorate the advanced achievement. You may want to consider giving the masters graduate something that will help him in his future, rather than an heirloom or piece of jewelry to commemorate the moment.

Some ideas for masters graduate gifts include:

  • a down payment on a new car or condo
  • a paid vacation to his or her destination of choice
  • monetary gifts, such as cash, savings bonds or CD accounts.