Fall Hooding 2018 I'VE FOUND MY FIT FOR LIFE

The Augusta University Graduate School

December 14, 2018

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!

Early Morning Preparations

Family, Friends, and Classmates were in attendance to celebrate the occasion.
"I could not be any happier that I chose to attend Graduate School at Augusta University. I will always look back to my years there with great fondness. It was my fit for life." - Grace Fox, Fall Graduate (PhD in Neuroscience)


Dr Wayne Lord, Associate Dean in the College of Education, graces the proceedings with beautiful music.

The Graduate School honored 157 students who completed the requirements for their degree this Fall 2018 in which 18 Doctoral degrees, 127 Master’s degrees, and 12 Specialist certificates were given.

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

Words of Wisdom

"Where are you on the life-cycle happiness curve?"

"The curve suggests that the happiest times in our lives are the earlier and later years, and the lowest point is around the middle. That might sound unsettling, like you are on a downward spiral. NO. Instead, ask yourself: How can I better understand happiness ups and downs and prepare for challenges ahead?"

"Regardless, happiness is your responsibility, and you can embrace, protect, and create happiness wherever you are on that curve!"

Dr. Lucy Marion, Dean of the College of Nursing, gives the Fall 2018 Keynote Hooding address.

The Presentation of Hoods

"Being a student at AU has meant being educated by some of the finest experts in my field and the opportunity to collaborate with scientists and researchers both in and outside of the university. As a long-time employee of the university, now being able to count myself as an alumni is exciting." - Marlo Vernon Fall Graduate (PhD in Allied Health)
"... The time I have spent here has been some of the most productive, and most rewarding, of my entire career." - Nick Garrett, Fall Graduate ( MPA)
"My time at AU has been a continuation of the feeling of belonging and first hand experiences that I always experienced in my undergraduate years ( BSN '12). Going back to school to get my MBA has opened doors in my career that allow me to advance in my career and build connections for my continued my success." - Maritess Bell, Fall Graduate (MBA)

Gabrielle Myers Helfgott leads graduates in The Graduate School Oath

"As I embark on my career, now an alumnus of The Graduate School at Augusta University, I pledge that I will represent my discipline honorably by conducting myself and my professional endeavors in a manner that is always above reproach." - The Graduate School Oath

Mary Gabrielle Myers Helfgott Fall Graduate, (DNP)

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

"I’m looking forward to applying the principles I’ve learned in the ISM program to my job and exploring new career opportunities in information security management." - Mia Jolly, Fall Graduate ( MISSM)


We wish you continued success as Augusta University TGS Alumni

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