The Augusta University Graduate School

December 13, 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

Time Well Spent

"I'm grateful to the professors in the College of Education for pushing me to think outside the box and become a better teacher. Overall, the experience was extremely beneficial to my education and gave me practical tools to implement in the classroom."

Rebecca Todd, Fall 2019 Graduate- MEd Curriculum and Instruction

The Procession Begins

A Step Closer to My Dreams

"One thought that has allowed me to persevere throughout my graduate school experience, is the belief that I am moving toward my dream of working in a field where I can make a positive impact in a young person's life."

Neil Schmitt, Fall 2019 Graduate - MEd Counselor Education


The Graduate School honored their graduating students at the Fall 2019 Hooding Ceremony. In total, one hundred and eighty three students completed the requirements for their degree (25 Doctoral, 140 Master’s, and 18 Education Specialists) in Summer and Fall 2019.

Dr. Mitchell Watsky, Dean of The Graduate School, greeted the graduates with an inspirational welcome.
Dr. Gretchen Caughman, Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, wished the graduates good luck and success in their future careers.
Dr. Elna Green , Dean of Pamplin College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences, gave the keynote address sharing wisdom from country music.

The Presentation of Hoods

Thankful For The Love & Support

"Thank you to my family and friends for their constant love and support throughout this process."

Caleb Neal, Fall 2019 Graduate - MPH

Jessica Pierce Led The Graduate Student Oath

"I think it was a powerful moment in which the graduates revisited the values that brought us together in pursuit of degrees that will accelerate our careers and enable us to impact the world around us. It was also a special moment because this honor allowed me to show my parents that I made an impression at Augusta University."

Jessica Pierce, Fall 2019 Graduate, PhD with a major in Cellular Biology and Anatomy

We Did It -- Together

Linah Shahoumi and Mohammed Meghil are husband and wife team who started and graduated from Augusta University, first with their MS in Oral Biology, and now with their PhD's in Oral Biology.

“We always dreamed of our success, and we worked together for it.

Mohamed Meghil, Fall 2019 Graduate, PhD with a major in Oral Biology & Maxillofacial Pathology

An Extraordinary Experience

"I have gained an extraordinary amount of knowledge during my time at Augusta University, not only did I learn about the counseling profession, but about myself and life in general. I am thankful for the growth and change that this program has brought me."

Alyssa Johnson, 2019 Fall Graduate - MEd Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Becoming A Trailblazer in Intelligence and Counter Intelligence

Kim Toler became the 1st graduate of the Masters of Arts in Security Studies (MAISS). She is following in the footsteps of her father, Eric Toler, a veteran of 27 years in military intelligence.

"I feel very honored to be the first graduate of the MAISS program. There are not many people who can say that they were the first to finish a graduate program. I consider it to be a special achievement. However, I did not progress through the program alone. The rest of my cohort played a major role. We supported each other through thick and thin. I would not be here without them!"

Kim Toler, 2019 Fall Graduate - MAISS

“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