Graduate Milestone Events
The Graduate School celebrates the accomplishments of its graduate student community through various events. Whether it's our pinning ceremony at Orientation, our Graduate Recognition and Hooding Ceremony, our White Coat Ceremony, or Howard's Homecoming celebration, each event marks the achieved milestones and accomplishments of our graduate students and alumni. Below are a few of the events that celebrate accomplishment and community at Howard.
Graduate School Annual Recognition & Hooding Ceremony
The Graduate School’s Annual Recognition and Hooding Ceremony is a rite of passage and the final milestone for master's and doctoral degree candidates who have met the requirements to receive their respective graduate degrees. During the Recognition and Hooding Ceremony, each candidate is recognized by their department as they walk across the stage. As part of the event, deans, department chairs, and guest speakers honor students' achievements and dedication to research. The milestone event features the Doctoral Walk, a ceremonial procession of doctoral candidates led by African drummers as a tribute to the African ancestors on whose shoulders they stand. Candidates carry their hoods to demonstrate their continued pursuit of knowledge.