Moments of Excitement Before The Ceremony
The Procession Begins
THE HOODING CEREMONY
The Graduate School honored 166 students who completed the requirements for their degree this Spring 2019 in which 63 Doctoral degrees, 101 Master’s degrees, and 2 Specialist certificates were given
" Seventeenth century essayist Joseph Addison is quoted as noting, ‘What sculpture is to a block of stone, education is to the human soul.’ I love this quote for the visual it creates. We often think of education as an exercise of the mind -- which of course at its base it is. But, just as sculpture reveals details, form, and individuality in what had been formless and blank, so does education shape, influence, and enrich the very essence of what makes us human.” - Gretchen Caughman, PhD
Program: Masters of Science in Medical Illustration
" Amazing professors and mentors, Bill Andrews, Amanda Behr, and Mike Jensen, have each been so helpful to me as I have navigated my own path. They have each shared their own unique experiences and helped me focus on what is important without forcing me into a mold." - Elizabeth DePace, MS in Medical Illustration
We Did It -- Together
Mohammed Ibrahim and Mariam Khaled are husband and wife team who started and graduated the PhD in Biomedical Sciences program together.
"While we were undergraduate students in Egypt, we became excited about going through the academic track. We dreamed of becoming knowledgeable scientists who would make a big impact in research and teach students about how to appreciate Science."- Mohammed Ibrahim, PhD & Mariam Khaled, PhD
On May 10, 2019 they graduated from the program together.
Kate Crockett Leads The Graduate Oath
Kate Crockett a student in Masters of Education with a Major in Counselor Education led her fellow graduates in the Graduate School Oath.
"Leading the oath was a huge deal and I still can't believe I was selected for this honor. It's not only special for me as an individual, but I'm able to represent the college of education and my program. I've loved my time as a student at AU, so leading others in the oath was a beautiful way to honor everything I'd learned and accomplished here." - Kate Crockett, MEd with a major Counselor Education
Kate and her fellow graduating classmate, Katy Towns, won first place in the national American Counseling Association (ACA) Ethics Essay contest. " It is an incredibly meaningful award and distinction for our students, program, and university." - Richard Deaner, PhD ( Program Director for the MEd in Counselor Education Program)
Continuing the Family Tradition
Kojo Sarfo, DNP
In the 2018 Spring Hooding Ceremony Kojo's father, Robert Sarfo, graduated from the DNP program. One year later, Kojo joined his father as a graduate of the program.
"It means a lot to be graduating with my doctorate degree a year after my dad did because I know that I made my family proud while pursuing my own ambitions. I sat in this church a year ago and visualized what my own graduation would look like and I worked hard to get to this moment. I’m thankful for the opportunity provided to me by Augusta University and I hope others can use me or my father’s educational journeys as motivation for their dreams". - Kojo Sarfo, DNP