CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi’s College of Education recognized students for their achievements in earning their master’s or doctoral degrees during a hooding ceremony held Friday, Dec. 20, in the University Center, Lone Star Ballroom. A total of 55 students was honored.
“The hooding ceremony is a personal way to share our achievements with our friends and family,” Debra Stanley, who received her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership. “This also gives us a moment to thank our professors for their encouragement and for believing in us.”
Historically, scholars in some higher education settings wore robes as a daily uniform. They wore hoods with these robes for warmth. Over time, the size, shape, and lining of the hood came to signify a scholar’s academic rank. The ceremonial hooding of scholars became a tradition that continues to this day.
By placing the hood over the students’ heads, professors symbolically welcome them as fellow scholars. Today, the hood’s colors represent a graduate’s university and major. The length of the hood relates to rank: the longer hoods of doctoral students represent their additional years of scholarship. The hooding ceremony has been a favorite tradition in the College of Education since 2002.