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College of Education and Human Development Recognizes Outstanding Students at Hooding Ceremony

May 18, 2016

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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi honored 51 outstanding graduating students for their achievements during the College of Education and Human Development Hooding ceremony held May 13 in the University Center, Anchor Ballroom C.

The ceremony recognized the students’ completion of their master’s or doctoral-level degrees, as well as their family, friends and educators for supporting the graduates during their journey to success.

“This ceremony is to recognize the upcoming graduation of our graduates and to honor their success and achievements,” said Dr. Arthur Hernandez, Dean of the College of Education and Human Development. “I am proud to welcome these graduates as colleagues and partners in the disciplines and professions represented by the work of faculty of the College and University.” 

The hooding ceremony is a time-honored tradition at the Island University.

The master’s degree participants recognized were:

Counseling: Regina Marie Alonzo, Amanda Ellise Alvarez, Aundrea Jayne Belhasen, Guadalupe Garcia Jr., Lindsay Alexandra Garvin, Judith Denise Gonzalez-Rodriguez, Daphne Michele Granato, Elizabeth Marie Hernandez, Michael Guillen Jones, Ruth Marie Luna, Gaylen Marie Nuckols, Lisa Marie Olmos, Abran Alberto Rodriguez, Sara Ann Skinner, Liesl Marie Strauss, Lesley Elaine Vickers and Christina Marie Watson

Curriculum and Instruction: Maria Luisa Garcia, Kimberly Sue Lardin and Sonia A. Vega

Educational Administration: Maria Isabel Garza, Elizabeth M. Hanna, Brittany NicoleMoye-Gianotti, Adriane Rochele Taylor and Wendy Williams Brewer

Elementary Education: Leslie Nichole Demmer, Stephanie M. Freeman, Sonya Rachele Harrell and Theresa Rose Moczygemba

Instructional Design and Educational Technology: Christina Michelle and Campos Lorraine Gomez

Kinesiology: Jillian T. Austin, Hannah F. Copenhaver, Victoria Colleen Elia, Abigail Suzanne Miller and Woncheol Noh

Reading: Rebecca M. Alvarado, Brooke Ellen Coplin, Meghan Newcomb Jordan, Donna Marie Metz, Lee Ann Mota and Amerika Marie Reyes

Secondary Education: Rogelio Rios III

The doctoral-level participants recognized were:

Counselor Education Ph.D.: Michael K. Schmit

Curriculum and Instruction Ph.D.: Amanda Rose Garcia, Usha Gurumurthy, Shere L. Haigh-Salinas and Vani Savithri Jaladanki

Educational Leadership Ed.D.: William Neil Goodwin, Lee Hernandez and Kimberly Rachal Thomas

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 his or her students as fellow scholars.

Hood colors represent a graduate’s university and major. The length of the hood relates to rank: the longer, wider hoods of doctoral students represent their additional years of scholarship.