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Master’s, Doctoral Candidates Recognized during College of Education Summer Hooding Ceremony

August 14, 2013

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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi’s College of Education honored 32 students for earning their master’s or doctoral degrees during a traditional hooding ceremony on Thursday, Aug. 9, in the University Center, Lone Star Ballroom.

 “The ceremony is a more personal recognition for our students in addition to the traditional graduation ceremony,” said Dr. Frank Lucido, Professor and Associate Dean of Undergraduate Education Programs. The ceremony not only recognized the student’s degree completion, but also the part family, friends, and educators played in each graduate’s achievements.

Historically, scholars in some higher education settings wore robes as a daily uniform. They wore hoods with these robes for warmth. Over time, the size, shape, and lining of the hood came to signify a scholar’s academic rank. The ceremonial hooding of scholars became a tradition that continues to this day. By placing the hood over the students’ heads, professors symbolically welcome them as fellow scholars. Today, the hood’s colors represent a graduate’s university and major. The length of the hood relates to rank: the longer hoods of doctoral students represent their additional years of scholarship.

The hooding ceremony has been a favorite tradition in the College of Education since 2002.

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