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College of Education Celebrates Students’ Accomplishments during Fall Hooding Ceremony

December 16, 2015

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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – The Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi College of Education honored graduating master’s and doctoral students for their achievements during the College of Education Hooding Ceremony held Friday, Dec. 11, in the University Center, Anchor Ballroom.

During the ceremony, 55 students were recognized for completing their degrees. Their family, friends, and educators were also recognized for supporting the graduates while on their journey to success.

The graduates being hooded were:

Masters in Counseling: Torgeir Aavik, Ruqayh Alabdulali, John Botello, Kathy Corbett, Desirea Diaz, Regina Edwards, Farrah Farias, Maritza Garcia, Jennifer Hess, Joshua Kurz, Anastasia Loukanaris, Kimberlee Mincey, Rachelle Morales, Iris Navarro, Brian Patterson, Tammie Smith, Jennifer Suarez and Claudia Toro

Masters in Curriculum and Instruction: Megan Butler, Patricia Garza, KaSteene Harris, Rebecca Lyons, Crystal Martinez, Elisia Mitchell, Colleen Simpson (McCue) and Tam Vo

Masters in Educational Administration: Robert Abben, Brandi Huff, Kelly Kimball, Sabrina Mora, Jesus Olivarez, Susan Proctor, Kathleen Ramirez and George Woods

Masters in Elementary Education: Billie Estrada and Sierra Herr

Masters in Instructional Design and Educational Technology: Lisa Colunga, Thomas Lawing, Melissa Leal, Lisa Moczygemba, Celina Perez, Mary Katherine Shafer and Misty Wharton

Masters in Kinesiology: Amanda Moreno, Ana Maria Ramirez and Christopher Williams

Masters in Reading: Shari Matula and Hailey Paiz

Masters in Secondary Education: Sabrina Ashley Simpson

Doctoral in Counseling: Saumya Arora, Erica Tina Garcia, Nephaterria Harris, Marta Monteiro, Roger Vasquez and Carol Annelise Vela

Doctoral in Curriculum and Instruction: Jessica Guerra-Castaneda

Doctoral in Educational Leadership: Laurie Beveridge, Kandace Chapman, Gloria Davila, Maria Del Rosario Jasso-Marin and Michelle Williams

The hooding ceremony is a time-honored tradition at the Island University. 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.  By placing a hood over the students’ heads, professors symbolically welcome the students as fellow scholars.

Hood 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.