Congratulations to our 2021 Ph.D.s!

collage with four photos of students being hooded in Duke Chapel
From left to right: Weizhi Xiong, Yingru Xu, Xiaqing Li, and  Weiyao Ke.

The Graduate School held two hooding ceremonies at Duke Chapel on Saturday, September 25, 2021, for 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 Ph.D. graduates, whose hooding ceremonies had to be canceled at the time of their graduation due to the pandemic.

This year, four of our students were hooded: Weiyao Ke, Xiaqing Li, Weizhi Xiong, and Yingru Xu.

We wish them all the success and happiness in their next adventures!

The hooding ceremony is similar to a graduation in that faculty and students are dressed in academic attire. During the ceremony, the name of each graduate is called, and the graduate goes on stage with his or her faculty adviser(s). The adviser places the doctoral hood over the head of the graduate, signifying his or her success in completing the graduate program, and the dean of The Graduate School then congratulates the graduate.

Each doctoral candidate is asked to invite a Duke faculty member to perform the hooding. The faculty member may be the candidate’s adviser or another faculty member of the candidate’s choice. If a faculty member is not available, the dean will perform the hooding.