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More than 80 doctoral recipients were present at the doctoral hooding ceremony on May 24. (Harry Brett/Boston)
May 28, 2018

UMass Boston students honored at doctoral hooding ceremony


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Doctoral candidates honored for academic achievements at university's commencement celebration

Nearly 90 UMass Boston doctoral candidates were honored yesterday for their academic achievements at the university's doctoral hooding ceremony, kicking off two days of commencement celebrations.

Bala Sundaram, vice provost for research and strategic initiatives and dean of Graduate Studies, opened the ceremony by greeting students and congratulating them on reaching an academic milestone.

"I congratulate all the candidates, your mentors, and especially your support—those people who urged you on when the light at the end of the tunnel seemed just that little bit too far away," said Sundaram.

The ceremony, which had been combined with UMass Boston's graduate commencement ceremony in years past, welcomed more than 300 friends, family, faculty, and staff.

"The reason that you're here today is because you have a passion for a discipline," said Interim Chancellor Barry Mills, addressing the doctoral candidates. "I encourage you to stay ambitious for your study. Stay committed to that research and discipline and inquiry that has allowed you to get to the place that you are today. Because that will be the guidepost as you go forward in life trying to figure out how to create a happy and healthy and successful career for all of you."

There were 75 candidates for Doctor of Philosophy, 10 candidates for Doctor of Nursing Practice, and 3 candidates for Doctor of Education.

"Your diploma will assure you that you are now entering into the fellowship of scholars 'with all the rights, privileges, and dignities pertaining to that degree.' Along with these rights, privileges, and dignities comes a great responsibility," said Emily McDermott, interim provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs. "That responsibility is that wherever you step after leaving here, you must remember that you are of our fellowship."