Yesterday, the Department of Chemistry and Physics held the hooding ceremony for the Class of 2016 who will be graduating in less than two weeks. At this ceremony, we give out some departmental awards for excellence in coursework and service, but the main focus of the ceremony is the faculty hooding each senior.
The hood is an addition to the traditional cap and gown. It is black and trimmed in velvet in a color specific to the degree conferred. For the majority of our Chemistry majors, they have earned a Bachelor of Science and have gold hoods.
Bachelors of Art have white hoods and PhDs (aka the faculty) have blue hoods. Inside these hoods are the colors of the school conferring the degree. For the graduating seniors, Saint Mary’s has a light blue interior with a white chevron. The inside of the faculty hoods are all different, based on which institution they received their doctoral degree from. Mine is the grey and blue of Case Western Reserve.
Another portion of this ceremony is the pinning of the Junior class with a Saint Mary’s name tag. This symbolizes their transition into seniors.
After the hooding ceremony, we processed over to O’Laughlin Auditorium for Honors Convocation. At this college-wide event, each department distributed awards and there were two faculty awards given. Also at this ceremony was the presentation of the Valedictorian medals. There are three valedictorians this year and two of them are Chemistry majors! Congrats Paige and Annie!
This week is finals week, followed by Senior week and then commencement on the 14th. Congratulations to our junior and senior class! Best of luck to the graduating seniors in their future endeavors!