On Thursday, June 2nd, MCB hosted the first-ever hooding ceremony for 20* graduating PhD students of some of the UW’s biomedical departments and programs including: MCB, Microbiology, Neurosciences, Genome Sciences, Pharmacology, Pathobiology, Biochemistry and the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP). *Graduates' names and theses titles are listed in the program linked below.
Most graduate programs have a small cohort of students that graduate throughout the year making it difficult to have a program-specific hooding ceremony for PhD graduates.
Students who had defended over the past year or who planned to defend by August 2016 participated. Participating students and faculty were asked to dress in formal commencement regalia (gowns and hoods) and had their name, degree, thesis lab and title announced as their chosen faculty member (e.g., thesis advisor, committee member, director or chair of their department or program) hooded them.
Dr. David Eaton, Dean of the Graduate School, spoke on the symbolism of the Hooding Ceremony. Also speaking were the MCB Program Co-Directors, Drs. Rich Gardner (UW), Katie Peichel (FH-outgoing) , and Nina Salama (FH-incoming). The keynote address was delivered by Dr. Jennifer Benanti, MCB Alumna and former Cell and Molecular Biology Training Grant (CMB TG) trainee, who is currently an Assistant Professor at UMass Medical School at Worcester.
Graduates and guests (friends, family, lab mates, and classmates) enjoyed light finger foods before and after the ceremony.