UT Dallas Holds First Doctoral Hooding Ceremony

Aug. 26, 2008

Joining a tradition that dates to the Middle Ages, the University of Texas at Dallas has held its first hooding ceremony for doctoral candidates.

The ceremony was Aug. 16 at the Conference Center auditorium.

Doctoral hooding ceremonies are in place at MIT, Princeton University, the University of Chicago and other universities. The tradition originated in medieval times, when advanced education was closely tied to religious studies and academic garb resembled monastic robes.

UT Dallas President David E. Daniel and Graduate Dean Austin Cunningham presided over the ceremony.

Dr. Raymond Lutz, former graduate dean and the first dean of the School of Management, recounted the history of UT Dallas and explored what the students could expect in their futures as doctoral graduates.

Dr. Victor Worsfold, a retired School of Arts & Humanities professor, served as University orator.

A reception, hosted by the president, was enjoyed by graduates, faculty and guests following the hoodings in the Conference Center lobby.


Media Contact: Office of Media Relations, UT Dallas, (972) 883-2155, newscenter@utdallas.edu

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Hooding ceremony participants

The ceremony’s honorees, all from the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences, included (from left): Amanda Reed, Cognition and Neuroscience; Kristi Buckley, Communication Sciences and Disorders; Juytika Mehta, Communication Sciences and Disorders; and Stephanie B. Chiu Wong, Communication Sciences and Disorders.

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