Doctoral students honored at hooding ceremonies on campus

Pharmacy grads row

The University celebrated doctoral hooding ceremonies at the Florham and Metropolitan campuses in May. Pictured above and below are some of the graduates. (Photos by Roy Groething and Bill Blanchard)

Metro hooding grads

By Kenna Caprio

This May, Fairleigh Dickinson University held two hooding ceremonies to celebrate the 2016 doctoral graduates from the Metropolitan and Florham campuses. Many of these students also walked at the University-wide Commencement ceremony the following day, at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.

At the Metropolitan Campus, clinical psychology, school psychology and nursing practice graduates from University College: Arts • Sciences • Professional Studies received their hoods. Thirty-nine students were honored.

“I’ve said many times there’s no greater feeling than bestowing upon graduates their hard-earned degrees. And that feeling is even more significant when the degree awarded is the highest level of accomplishment in a particular field of study,” said University President Sheldon Drucker at the ceremony. “Our graduates today have excelled in their chosen pursuits, dared to dream of lofty goals and worked to overcome challenges along the way.”

At the Florham Campus, it was a milestone moment for the School of Pharmacy, with the hooding its first 69 graduates.

“We are overflowing with pride at what you’ve accomplished,” said School of Pharmacy Dean Michael Avaltroni as he addressed the inaugural graduating class. “And we are equally proud of the way that you’ve accomplished it with integrity, grace and perseverance.”

Student speaker Sara Bender said, “We built a culture inspired by our individual talents and collective aspirations… It is time to advocate for our patients, advance our profession and lead the way for the legacy of the FDU School of Pharmacy.”

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School of Pharmacy student speaker Sara Bender addresses her fellow classmates. Michael Avaltroni, dean of FDU's School of Pharmacy, hoods graduate Akash Shah. (Photos by Roy Groething)


University College: Arts • Sciences • Professional Studies students line up to receive their hoods in Wilson Auditorium, Dickinson Hall, at the Metropolitan Campus. (Photo Bill Blanchard)

Metro students hooding ceremony