The Augusta University Graduate School

May 10, 2019

The hooding ceremony is a traditional academic event honoring graduates. It is a special recognition ceremony in which a faculty advisor places the hood over the head of the graduate, signifying his or her success in completing the graduate program. And the key word here is SUCCESS!

Moments of Excitement Before The Ceremony

A time to capture special memories with family and friends

The Procession Begins


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

Dr. Mitchell Watsky, Dean of The Graduate School, greets the graduates with an inspirational welcome.
Dr. Gretchen Caughman, Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, wishes the graduates good luck and success in their future careers.

" 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

Dr. Alexander Schwarzmann , Dean of The School Computer & Cyber Sciences, gave an amazing keynote address.

The Presentation of Hoods

Elizabeth DePace

Program: Masters of Science in Medical Illustration

Elizabeth presenting poster to Dr. Vishva Dixit at GRD 2019
" 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.

"It's really an amazing achievement. It was a unforgettable journey that taught us how to be tenacious and conquer any hurdle." - Mohammed Ibrahim, PhD & Mariam Khaled, PhD

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)

Jamel Hodges Reflects on his time at AU

"Rome wasn’t built in a day. Nor, was it built by one person. The process to earning a doctoral degree wasn’t easy, but my cohort was amazing. They are the lifelong friends that I’ve earned and will always remember." - Jamel Hodges, EdD
Jamel with fellow GRD 2019 College of Education Awardees (Rebecca Etheridge and Kathleen Harlenn) at the GRD Awards Banquet

Proud Family, Friends, and Mentors Celebrate the Success of our Students at this Joyous Occasion.

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.

Robert Sarfo at the 2018 Spring Hooding Ceremony
"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
Kojo Sarfo with his younger brother.
“The delicate balance of mentoring someone is not creating them in your own image, but giving them the opportunity to create themselves.” — Steven Spielberg


We wish you continued success as Augusta University TGS Alumni

"It has been a long journey, but if you dream and have the ambition and want to work hard, then you can achieve." - Mo Farah

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