Master's and doctoral degrees awarded at 2016 Graduation and Hooding Ceremony

Graduate students

Two hundred and seventy-three students were awarded master's and doctoral degrees from Radford University this spring, many of whom participated in the College of Graduate Studies and Research Graduation and Hooding Ceremony on May 6.

The ceremony was part of the 2016 Spring Commencement weekend.

An enthusiastic crowd of family members, friends and faculty celebrated the accomplishments of the graduate students in the Dedmon Center.

Keynote speaker Joseph Scartelli, Radford University interim provost and vice president for academic affairs, charged graduates to be leaders going forward, and to do their best to build and facilitate civil discourse.

“Looking around one might think the tide of incivility is pretty strong, but like everything else that is difficult it starts with one person taking one step in the right direction,” Scartelli said. “But right now, it’s time for you to celebrate, take a deep breath, pat yourself on the back and thank all of those that have helped you get to this place.”

Before hooding commenced, Dennis Grady, dean of the College of Graduate Studies and Research, presented President Penelope W. Kyle with a plaque honoring her dedication and service to the university during her tenure, which will conclude June 30.

Following each graduate's hooding by a chosen faculty mentor, President Kyle conferred the degrees on behalf of the Commonwealth of Virginia and the Radford University Board of Visitors, of which several members, including Rector Anthony R. Bedell were in attendance.

The College of Graduate Studies and Research conferred the following degrees at the ceremony:

  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Doctor of Physical Therapy
  • Doctor of Psychology
  • Master of Science
  • Master of Arts
  • Master of Social Work
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Fine Arts
  • Educational Specialist

May 9, 2016