News Release

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

Wilmington University Conducts First Combined Doctoral Hooding Ceremony

Colleges of Business and Education Join to Celebrate Candidate's Achievement

The first combined hooding ceremony to celebrate the highest academic achievements of doctoral students from Wilmington University’s College of Education and College of Business took place on Friday evening, January 24, in the Doberstein Admissions Center auditorium. Those who had successfully defended their doctoral dissertations were awarded traditional hoods for Doctor of Education (Ed.D) and Doctor of Business (DBA) to wear with their graduation gowns at the commencement ceremonies held at the Chase Center in Wilmington on January 26. 

Eighteen Ed.D candidates and thirteen DBA candidates received their doctoral hoods in the formal ceremony that included congratulatory remarks from Dr. John Gray, Dean of the College of Education, and Dr. Donald Durandetta, Dean of the College of Business and their respective doctoral program directors.  

Approximately 200 family members, friends and faculty watched as the candidates received their hoods. The evening concluded with remarks from four doctoral students: Michael Schirmer, DBA and Monica Vanable-Kay, DBA, and from Justin Smith, Ed.D, and Jennifer Regelski, Ed.D.

"It's always an honor to be present as candidates receive the traditional recognition of their successful completion of their doctoral studies," said Dr. Jim Wilson, Vice President of Academic Affairs, who also spoke at the ceremony. "Their pride of accomplishment is reflected in the smiles and admiration of those who attended and celebrated their success. We congratulate each and every one."

About Wilmington University

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Published: Friday, February 7, 2014 - New Castle, DE