CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – The College of Liberal Arts (CLA) at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi held its third hooding ceremony on Dec. 15, in the University Center. Students receiving their master’s degree were celebrated by friends, family and faculty during the special ceremony. Graduate students were presented with a lapel pin from CLA and a small reception followed.
“For many of our graduate students, this is their terminal degree,” said Dr. Melissa Jarrell, Master of Public Administration coordinator and Professor of Criminal Justice. “This ceremony is their moment to be rewarded for their efforts of pursuing a higher education.”
Hooding ceremonies are held to recognize students who earned an advanced degree beyond the bachelor’s degree. The ceremony is a time when colleges and programs can celebrate the accomplishments of individual students in a more personal way than is permitted at the University’s general commencement.
“The hooding ceremony is the best part of finishing a master’s degree,” said Peyton Copeland, who earned a Master of Arts in English. “It is the culmination of several years of hard work and personally more meaningful than ‘walking the stage.’”
During the ceremony, the graduates each came forward to have a master’s hood draped over their shoulders by the department chair, graduate coordinator, or a faculty mentor. The inner hood lining for A&M-Corpus Christi graduates is blue and green. The draped hood is a special part of academic regalia and denotes scholarly and professional achievements.
The December 2016 CLA graduates were:
Masters of Arts in Communication: Elizabeth Grant, Maria Martinez, Alma Rodriguez and Marisa Rodriguez.
Master of Arts in English: Abdullah Alalawi, Peyton Copeland, Hector Galvan, Jr., Kerryan Kohut, Jordan Marshall, and Meghan Moon.
Master of Arts in History: Amy Hatmaker.
Master of Arts in Psychology: Kelsey Booth, Ashleigh Forney and Yuhang Zhao
Master of Public Administration: Sarah Arroyo, Jose Bernal, Jason Brady, Marie Odette Cruz, Zachary Gibson, Carl Gross, Yunjoo Kim, Marshall Matthews, Aaron Moss, Odera Nwosu, Thomas Oliver, Jennifer Ramirez, Regina Salinas, Bianca Serna and Orlando Sims.