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Classes of 2020 and 2021 Doctoral Hooding Ceremony

Graduates on stage

When COVID-19 forced the university to move the 2020 commencement ceremony online, Dean Zionts made a promise that, once it was safe to do so, the College of Education would bring our 2020 doctoral graduates together for an in-person celebration of their accomplishments. Two years and another virtual commencement ceremony under our belts, we were finally able to gather together with the 2020 and 2021 Doctoral Program graduates and their families to recognize their accomplishments.

Graduate and family

On Saturday, June 25, 2022, the College of Education hosted a Dinner and Hooding Ceremony at the DePaul University Student Center.

While modern day undergraduates wear robes and caps, those with doctorate degrees are presented with hoods to show their continued pursuit of knowledge. Such hoods are an expression of tradition and are used to communicate the wearer’s school, degree, and field of study for the rest of their lives. Typically part of DePaul commencement but absent from the virtual ceremony, twenty-five College of Education doctoral program graduates took part in the delayed hooding tradition.

Two professors hooding graduate

During the ceremony, emceed by Associate Professor Marie Donovan, EdD, the graduates presented themselves to their committee chair or other member of the faculty and the faculty member placed the hood over the head of the graduate, signifying their earning of the doctoral degree.

After the graduates were hooded, attendees were treated to remarks from keynote speaker, Assistant Professor Thomas Noel, Jr., PhD, and College of Education Dean Paul Zionts, PhD.

Additional photos of the event can be seen on the College of Education Facebook page and a video recording of the ceremony can be viewed on the College of Education's YouTube channel.

Faculty and graduates