College of Education Hooding Ceremony Recognized Graduating Masters and Doctoral Students

Published: May 20, 2015

College of Education Hooding Ceremony Recognized Graduating Masters and Doctoral Students

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Approximately 60 students who graduated with their master’s or doctoral degrees during spring Commencement on May 16, were recognized at the Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi College of Education Hooding Ceremony, held on May 15, in the University Center, Anchor Ballroom.

The hooding ceremony highlighted the achievements of graduating students and the role that family, friends, and faculty played in their success. Faculty members placed hoods over the graduates’ heads in a symbolic recognition of the transition from student to scholar.

“I value the idea of continuing to learn more,” stated Lucinda Sohn, who earned a Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction. “When I felt I had done all I could do as a classroom teacher, I wanted to keep going.  I have learned so much about general education and science education.  I feel enlightened.”

Historically, scholars in higher education settings wore robes as a daily uniform, with hoods for warmth. Over time, the size, shape and lining of the hood came to signify a scholar’s academic rank. 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.

After a welcoming address, each University student was individually called to the stage where he or she read brief passages. Two professors of the student’s choice stood on either side of the student and placed the hood over his or her head, welcoming them as a fellow scholar. The hooding ceremony has been favorite tradition in the College of Education since 2002.

The graduates being hooded were:

Masters in Counseling: Ashley Ann Blentinger, Caroline Austin Cubberley, Rebecca Lynn De Luna, Jacqueline Ann Ellsworth, Delores Rae Garza, Tiffanie Nicole Harris, Maricela Pena Hernandez, Kanz Kayfan, Joshua Adam Lugo, Jessica Kristine Medcalf, Brittany Jo Meek, Alimatu Sadia Nuhu, Andrea Nicole Potter, Jordan Marie Seldine, Makayla Elise Sletter, Shannon Lyn Sorensen, and Leana Rose Tuttle

Masters in Curriculum and Instruction: Amber Nicole Garza

Masters in Early Childhood Education: Sandra Jauregui Aleman

Masters in Educational Administration: Christina Joye Beard, Sylvia M. Burkes, Anna Marissa Jimenez, Lori Ann Maldonado, Lien Thi Nguyen, Christa Michele Rasche, Damian A. Shipley, and Amy Louise Stock

Masters in Elementary Education: Brittany Nicole Flores, Stacey Elaine Noland, Shannon Kay Strong, and Yvonne Trevino

Masters in Instructional Design and Educational Technology: Lucille Frances Odell and Sandra Denise Shelton-Flinn

Masters in Kinesiology: Julie Ann Baker, Michael Anthony Cisneros, Takisha Genall Edwards, Lauren Jean Massie, Gregory William Peckels, and Katherine Janette Spotswood

Masters in Reading: Lindsay Nicole Chasm

Masters in Secondary Education: Hannah Jo Burleson, Kaileigh Anne Gibson, Carolina Monroy Gutierrez, Jacques Cameron D. Lafreniere, and Stephanie Ann Major

Masters in Special Education: Yavette Anne Hernandez

Doctoral in Counseling: Courtney Michelle Alvarez, Wannigar Ratanavivan, Lorena Albarran-Rosenbaum, Erika Lynne Schmit

Doctoral in Curriculum and Instruction: Bonnie Leigh Montoya, Connie L. Patchett, Lucinda Nicanora Sohn, Sonja Varbelow, and Mercedes Yanez

Doctoral in Educational Leadership: Jamie Nicole Copeland and Reynaldo Manual Saenz