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Aug. 21: Convocation ceremony marks beginning of new year

Monday, August 21, 2017

FREDERICK, Maryland—Hood College marked the start of its 125th academic year with its annual Convocation ceremony Monday morning in the Hodson Outdoor Theater on campus.

President Andrea E. Chapdelaine, Ph.D., welcomed new and returning students to campus; Debbie Ricker, Ph.D., provost and vice president for academic affairs, recognized outstanding student achievements; and Donna Bertazzoni, professor of journalism, delivered the keynote address.

This year’s group of new students includes 258 new first-year students and 85 new transfer students. Members of the Class of 2021 come from 19 states, the District of Columbia and five foreign countries. There are 190 new graduate students this year including 33 international students from 11 different countries. Twenty-seven of the new graduate students are Hood College alumni—either with a Hood bachelor’s degree or a previous Hood master’s degree. Hood’s total student population is 2,076.

During the summer, first-year undergraduate students read Yaa Gyasi’s book “Homegoing” for small-group discussions about the themes, issues and conflicts raised in the book. Specially trained Hood faculty, staff and students co-facilitate these discussions. Gyasi will visit campus Oct. 25 for a public lecture and book signing.

The Graduate School will begin its new Master of Science in Cybersecurity this semester. The program is a sub-discipline of computer science and information technology. The goals of the program are to provide students with a comprehensive cybersecurity education and produce graduates with the knowledge and skills required to fill advanced technical and management positions in cybersecurity.