Spring 2017 Doctoral Hooding

Our Doctoral Graduates

With friends, family members and mentors looking on, the University of Delaware celebrated its newest doctoral degree candidates during the doctoral hooding ceremony held Friday, May 26, 8:00 am, on The Green.

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Mary Martin
Associate Vice Provost for
Graduate & Professional Education

The Wearing of the Hood

We are honored to congratulate you on the accomplishment of earning the doctoral degree. We believe that the meaning of the wearing of the hood recognizes your accomplishments and will linger in your memory as you step off into the future. We invite you to watching Mary Martin, Associate Vice Provost for Graduate & Professional Education, at left as she shares this wonderful tradition.

Watch the Doctoral Hooding

The Doctoral Hooding Convocation is now available on Youtube for those who couldn’t be with us but still would like to share this very special day with your family and friends.



Audrey Gamble

Plant & Soil Sciences

I would like to thank my adviser (Don Sparks); my family (Brian, Claudia, Emily, and Joann Gamble and John Beasley); and my roomies (Jason and Matthew Fischel) for their support and encouragement.



Holly Walker

Entomology & Wildlife Ecology

I want to thank my family for all their love and support through the years; I would not have been able to make it without you.



Thomas Carr

Biological Sciences

I would like to thank my adviser, Dr. Calvin Keeler, my committee members, my amazing wife, Tina, my family, and my friends.


Our Doctoral Candidates Say Thanks!


Outstanding Doctoral Graduate Advising and Mentoring Award

Mathew J. Oliver, Ph.D.
School of Marine Science and Policy

Allan P. Colburn Prize in Engineering and Mathematical Sciences

Subramani Sockalingam

George Herbert Ryden Prize in Social Sciences

Faith I. Okpotor

Wilbur Owen Sypherd Prize in Humanities

Nicole E. Cook

Theodore Wolf Prize in Physical and Life Sciences

Francyne Kubaski

Dan Rich Prize

Tanya N. Whittle

Interdisciplinary Research Prize

Amanda Brooke Jennings

Convocation Timeline

Arrival Time

Doctoral candidates and faculty advisors are recommended to arrive no later than 7:15 A.M. on The Green in regalia. Guests must be seated by 7:45 A.M. Reception following Ceremony will be at Gore Hall – Rotunda until 11:00 A.M.


Recommended arrival time 1hr before ceremony. Ceremony begins promptly at 8:00 am

CEREMONYFriday, May 26, 2017
From: 8:00 AM – To: 9:30 AM
Location: North Tent
Arrival Time: 1 hour before the event starts
RECEPTIONFriday, May 26, 2017
From: 9:30 AM – To: 11:00 AM
Gore Hall – Rotunda
Reception following Ceremony will be taking place at Gore Hall – Rotunda until 11:00 A.M.




Convocation Location


Convocation will be held in the tent in front of Gore Hall on The Green in the North Tent. Please see map below.


Following the ceremony, a reception will be held at Gore Hall – Rotunda until 11:00 A.M. Please see map below.


The university is open for normal business as well as convocations on Friday, May 26, 2017. General parking lots are available to everyone and have LIMITED NUMBER of designated handicapped spaces. Handicapped parking lots are available only to those with handicapped or disabled veteran plates, placards, decals, or hang tags. Recommended Parking instructions are to come.


Additional convocation parking information to come

Graduate and Professional Education

Graduate and Professional Education is located in Hullihen Hall, the UD’s main administrative building. It is part of UD’s main campus and is in Newark (“New Ark”), which offers the charm of a small college town, with easy access to major metropolitan areas. UD also has campuses in Wilmington, Dover, Georgetown, and Lewes, Del.

DOCTORAL HOODING: North Tent on the Green

Spring 2016 Doctoral Hooding
Convocation Will be Held in the North Tent on The Green
Friday, May 26th
8:00 am to 9:30 am

  • Doctoral candidates and faculty advisor are recommended to arrive at 7:15 A.M. on The Green in Regalia. Guests must be seated by 7:45 A.M.
  • Reception following Ceremony will be taking place at Gore Hall – Rotunda until 11:00 A.M.
  • There is a VERY LIMITED amount of handicapped parking available. You are strongly encouraged to use the parking shuttle.

RECEPTION: Gore Hall, Rotunda

Reception following Ceremony will be taking place at Gore Hall – Rotunda until 11:00 A.M.

Doctoral Regalia

To participate in the Hooding Ceremony, doctoral students must wear the approved academic regalia for doctoral students. It is critical for you to order your regalia at this time.

The rental price is $150 for Gown, Hood, Tam, and Tassel.

If you missed the due date of placing your order online (April 10, 2017), you will need to come to Barnes and Noble UD Bookstore Monday – Friday 9.00 a.m. – 7.00 p.m., Saturday 10.00 a.m. – 7.00 p.m., and Sunday 12.00 p.m. – 6.00 p.m. If you are not local, please call us Monday – Friday only at 302-831-2637 (ask for Commencement, Ph.D. rental) to secure a gown.

NOTE: We do NOT ship rental gowns. They will be available for pickup from April 12, 2017 to the day before the ceremony at the Barnes and Noble UD Bookstore (we close at 8:00 p.m. on Thursday May 25, 2017). Any gowns that have not been picked up will be available on Friday May 26, 2017 one hour before the ceremony, at the ceremony location.

Faculty member rental orders are due by April 24, 2017. If you miss the deadline, please call 302-831-2424 or email bksudel@bncollege.com. Faculty orders that are placed by the due date of April 24, 2017 will be ready for pickup beginning May 15, 2017.

If you want to purchase custom regalia, email bksudel@bncollege.com to arrange an appointment or to place the order. Please include both phone and email address contact information. The absolute deadline to order custom regalia for purchase (not rental) is April 14, 2017. The purchase price of custom regalia is $950.

Questions regarding regalia should be sent to bksudel@bncollege.com.

About the Ceremony

The Office of the Vice President and University Secretary is responsible for the University’s Commencement and Convocation ceremonies. Should you have questions that have not been answered, please contact us directly at 302–831–GRAD (4723) or e–mail at commencement@udel.edu.

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