February 19, 2016 – Fort Valley State University’s School Counselor Educator program recently held a hooding ceremony and student achievement celebration, designed to recognize graduates for their leadership skills.
At the start of the ceremony, students were hooded by their professors and advisers.
“I loved the hooding ceremony. I felt honored to be hooded by my professor! It was a great, intimate way to celebrate and applaud everyone’s accomplishments,” said Vanessa Bundrage, a December 2016 graduate.
Although graduates were hooded during the FVSU’s Fall Commencement, the SCE ceremony provided a more intimate opportunity for graduates to be hooded by their professors and advisers. It also allowed all program candidates to enjoy a fellowship meal and interact and share ideas and experiences with one another.
According to Helen Fordham, among the newest SCE candidates, “I thought the hooding ceremony was really nice because it honored the graduates in a more personal setting. Graduation is an exciting time, but it is easy to get ‘lost’ with so many graduating. The hard work that goes into a graduate degree deserves the extra attention! I was surprised and humbled to receive a leadership award from my cohort. It is definitely a motivation to continue working hard towards my degree. So far, this experience has not been as scary as I had imagined and has actually been quite amazing!”
The hooding celebration was followed by an awards ceremony. Individual awards were given to graduates for academic achievement, service, perseverance, leadership, professional engagement awards, and special scholarship awards. Dr. Edward Hill, Dean of the College of Education, provided words of inspiration and congratulations. Although this was the first SCE Hooding Ceremony, plans are to hold the celebration regularly on a semester basis. “It was great to see the joy and excitement of our graduates and other students as they were honored. Our program has exceptional students, several of whom received awards for having a 4.0 GPA, and it was a delight to honor their achievements,” Dr. Thomas Jarvis, SCE department chair said.
For more information, contact Dr. Jean Wacaster at (478) 825-6858.