2018 Hooding Ceremony

May 13, 2018

Doctoral candidates from the Coordinated Doctoral Programs in Biomedical Sciences at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons were honored on May 13th, 2018, for their scholarly achievements. Among more than 70 students who received PhD degrees from Columbia's Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, 17 graduates participated in this year's Hooding Ceremony at the Roy and Diana Vagelos Education Center. The hooding ceremony is part of an academic system of caps, gowns, and hoods adopted in 1865 and offers a special memory for PhD students.

Dr. Andrew Marks, Chairman and Professor of Physiology and Cellular Biophysics & Clyde and Helen Wu Professor of Medicine addressed graduates. Following the remarks, the graduates were called one by one on stage. They were joined by their thesis advisor, who placed the hoods over their heads in recognition of their astonishing accomplishments with cheers and applause from family and friends.

Also at this year's hooding ceremony, Brahma Kumar and Edward Twomey were awarded for Dean's Award for Excellence in Research, and Sebastien Weyn-Vanhentenryck and Radomir Kratchmarov were awarded for Titus M Coan Prize for Excellence in Research in basic cell and molecular biology and translational biology, respectively.