2019 Hooding Ceremony

May 24, 2019

Doctoral candidates from the Coordinated Doctoral Programs in Biomedical Sciences at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons were honored on May 20th, 2019, for their scholarly achievements. More than 60 students received PhD degrees from Columbia's Graduate School of Arts and Sciences in 2018-19. 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.

Dean Goldman and Professor Michael Shelanski addressed graduates and the newly minted Dr. Chelsea Dieck gave a fantastic student talk. 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.

This year, Matthew Decker and Chelsea Dieck were awarded for Dean's Award for Excellence in Research, and Ziao Fu and Benjamine Shrank were awarded for Titus M Coan Prize for Excellence in Research in basic cell and molecular biology and translational biology, respectively.