Texas A&M University-Kingsville

New Educational Leadership Doctors Celebrated with Hooding Ceremony

KINGSVILLE - May 26, 2009

Contact: Jason Marton
jason.marton@tamuk.edu or 361.593.4143

What’s in a hood? When it comes to academic hoods, the answer is quite a lot.

An academic hood reveals the graduate’s field of study in the velvet on the hood’s front and back. It also reveals the institution awarding the degree through its school colors, reflected in the satin lining on the back of the hood.

Beyond the colors, though, the hood is one of the most important symbols of accomplishment and knowledge earned from an educational institution.

In the College of Education at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, graduates of the doctoral program in educational leadership (EDLD) receive their academic hoods in a unique campus ceremony that began in fall 2007 and is held the day of commencement.

During this hooding ceremony, graduates and their loved ones meet in a room in Rhode Hall, the campus building that houses the College of Education. There, a faculty member reads a statement prepared by each of the educational leadership Ed.D. graduates, voicing the graduate’s special comments, gratitude and acknowledgements. At the same time, the graduate’s dissertation chair and another faculty member place the doctoral hood on the graduate.

“Earning a doctoral degree is a monumental accomplishment,” said Dr. Michelle Stallone Brown, associate professor of the department of educational leadership and counseling and ceremony organizer. “The hooding ceremony was started as a way for EDLD doctoral graduates to share their successes with their families and friends in a smaller and more personal ceremony.

“The years of work and dedication to earn a doctoral degree impact not only students, but those around them. We wanted students to have the chance to acknowledge the sacrifices and support of their loved ones.”

Stallone Brown also noted the effect the hooding ceremony has on those that taught the EDLD students. “As a faculty member, the ceremony brings us full circle. Students become colleagues and leaders. They understand that graduating with a doctorate may be the end of one journey, but it is just the beginning of another.”

Spring 2009 educational leadership doctoral program graduates:

Mateen Ajala Diop of San Antonio
Barry Slade McKinney of San Antonio
Tracy Johnson Saenz of Corpus Christi
Rosalia Teliz Triujeque of Mexico
Karen Denise Wiesman of Kingsville

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