News Release

Britney Gulledge,
Public Relations Associate
320 DuPont Highway
New Castle, DE 19720

2nd Annual Doctor of Business Administration Hooding Ceremony

Wilmington University’s College of Business will be holding its second Hooding Ceremony for candidates of Doctor for Business Administration. The Hooding Ceremony is an academic tradition that celebrates the accomplishments of the graduates and welcomes them in to the doctoral community. It is an intimate ceremony that allows the graduates to reflect and celebrate their academic journey surrounded by colleagues, professors, friends, and family. Nine DBA students will be honored at the ceremony on January 26, 2013 starting at 4:00p.m. It will be held at the New Castle location in the auditorium of the Doberstein Admissions Center.

The ceremony will be officiated by Dr. Jim Wilson, Vice President of Academic Affairs, Dr. Don Durandetta, Dean of the College of Business, and Dr. Ruth Norman, DBA Program Director. The students and their Committee chairs will participate in the “hooding event,” in which each graduate is robed for the first time in their doctoral regalia. Following this each of the graduating students will give a short speech describing their personal and professional experience with the DBA program.

The graduates of the program are: Jason T. Brady, Christina A. Burke, Anthony J. Carcillo, Anthony J. Intorelli, Bruce J. Martin, Kenneth P. Morlino, John R. Satterfield, Courtney A. Stewart, and Chamith Wasage. These candidates come from various professional backgrounds and have demonstrated the skills necessary to obtain leadership positions in their organizations. Upon graduating, these students have obtained such positions as Senior Legislative Analyst, Lead Engineer of Strategic Planning, MBA Program Chair, Director of Business Systems, and various positions in higher education. To reflect the varied backgrounds and interests of the graduates, each dissertation topic was a unique research project that allowed the candidates to explore a relevant subject about which they were passionate. Dissertations topics included such diverse topics as wind energy development, improving IT project management, self-help of breast cancer survivors, critical thinking improvement for MBA students, investment strategy, improving corporate image, quality management in Fortune 500 companies, and helping with project transitions. The DBA program is proud to support a graduating class that has fully exemplified the core principles of the program and of Wilmington University.

When asked about his experiences with the program, DBA candidate Anthony Intorelli responded that “The WU DBA program was not just about critical thinking and analysis; applied research; or learning organization strategy and structures. The most important knowledge and insights you learn in the program are about yourself; your capabilities and limitations; and how you can effect change.”

Graduates will also participate in Wilmington University’s winter commencement the following day, January 27th at the Chase Center in downtown Wilmington. 

Published: Wednesday, January 23, 2013 - New Castle, DE