Donning Their Well-Earned Hoods
Xiaohan (Amanda) Du *23, standing at left, was among the Ph.D. and master’s degree graduates who gathered on Cannon Green May 29 for the annual hooding ceremony and received colorful regalia tailored to their academic disciplines. Du, who earned her Ph.D. in mechanical and aerospace engineering, was hooded by her adviser, Vice Dean for Innovation Craig Arnold.
“This is a pinnacle moment for you in your life,” Graduate School Dean Rodney Priestley told the graduates, “a moment that you’ve been working years to attain, a moment that will be a part of your life’s story.”
Celebrating Transfers and Veterans
The 2023 Commencement season kicked off with nine cultural and affinity group ceremonies, held throughout May, including the first Transfer Student and Veteran End-of-Year Gala, above, hosted by the Emma Bloomberg Center for Access and Opportunity. Debi Preston, the president of Mercer County Community College, delivered the keynote address.