Graduates from the College's Program
On May 10, 2017, Dean Yates and the faculty of the College of Communication and the Arts gathered in the Jubilee Auditorium to celebrate 72 graduates and their guests at the College’s second annual Graduate Commencement and Hooding Ceremony. The room was filled with cheers as students from each of the Center for Graduate Studies’ programs were hooded by program faculty, symbolizing the completion of their Master’s degree.
This year, the College recognized five students who earned a 4.0 cumulative grade point average with a High Distinction gold honor cord. This year’s honorees included Derek Butler from the Museum Professions program, Joseph McQueen from the online Strategic Communication and Leadership program, and Essa Alkathiri, Sami Altuwajiri, and Erica Genabith from the Public Relations program.
Dr. Catona and Mohammed Alrashidi
The event included student commencement speakers who were nominated by program faculty. This year’s speakers included Mansour Alotaibi from the Museum Professions program, and Gabriele Cafone from the Strategic Communication program. Each speaker shared inspirational anecdotes with their fellow graduates, and spoke of how their new degree will define their future.
“As a first year student, I thought the student speakers were enlightening. Mansour’s family was overseas and could not attend, so he spoke on behalf of the international student population. The student speakers added a perfect touch of relatability and inspiration for students to continue into the real world,” said Linda Boulton, a Graduate Assistant within the Center for Graduate Studies.
The Commencement also held a special meaning for the online Master’s in Strategic Communication and Leadership program. Graduates from Learning Teams 38, 39, and 40 were reunited face-to-face to network and celebrate their accomplishments during a pre-ceremony reception.
Dr. Ryan Hudes, Interim Assistant Dean, added, “The Graduate Commencement and Hooding Ceremony is a special occasion for each of our graduates and serves as a time to recognize their academic achievements. I am thrilled to have each of the Center’s graduate programs represented at this annual event and I wish each graduate success in their future endeavors.” Following the ceremony, graduates were spotted outside, taking part of a long-standing tradition of stepping on Seton Hall’s seal after they attained their degree.