Students who complete their terminal degree are traditionally invited to attend a ceremony where they are given their Doctoral Hood signifying their rank as “Doctor” and showing both the colors of their university and their degree of study. On Friday, June 22 2012, JIU was honored to host fifteen of our doctoral program graduates at the JIU headquarters in Denver, Colorado for this very special ceremony. Graduates arrived late in the afternoon on Friday and were greeted by JIU faculty and staff including University Founder Glenn Jones, University President Richard Cox, Chief Academic Officer Marijane Paulsen, and the Deans of the School of Education and School of Business. Once graduates donned their tams and robes, they proceeded into the JIU Presentation Room to the music of Pomp and Circumstance where their friends and family awaited to watch the official ceremony. Graduates were recognized one by one for their specialization and dissertation and given their hood and diploma. The ceremony was a proud moment for each graduate as well as for their families and friends beaming and clapping in the audience. Following the ceremony, graduates, faculty, family, friends and staff enjoyed the traditional post-commencement champagne and strawberries. Graduates relished the opportunity to get to know one another, take photos, and celebrate their achievements. The evening ended with a lovely dinner for graduates, their guests and university leadership.
The JIU Doctoral Hooding Ceremony was certainly one of JIU’s proudest moments. We were so excited to share this exceptional and memorable experience with our doctoral graduates and their families and are already looking forward to 2013! Congratulations to the Class of 2012.