Two weeks ago, I graduated from the Daniels College of Business (don’t worry, I will still be blogging here as a proud alumna!). Our special Daniels graduation was called a hooding ceremony because we were presented with hoods which recognized us as the recipients of master’s degrees.
The ceremony was held in the Cable Center, the same location as our orientation — except this time, we were surrounded (literally, due to the seating arrangements) by our friends and family. The Dean congratulated us and shared words of wisdom, and then we lined up for the presentation of the hoods. One by one, we walked up to a microphone and introduced ourselves as Masters of Business Administration:
We were then presented with our hoods by Patrick Orr, the Director of Graduate Student Operations and our chaperone for the trip to meet Warren Buffett. We giants had been instructed that doing a little dip was proper hooding protocol (“Don’t do the limbo, just bend your knees!”):
Finally, we crossed the stage and were congratulated by Dean Christine Riordan:
We also had our picture taken by the official Daniels photographer:
We closed with a recitation of the Daniels Code of Honor, which was created by a collaboration of students and faculty and which demonstrates the College’s commitment to ethics:
Today, as a member of the Daniels College of Business, I acknowledge my ongoing commitment to the business profession and the global community.
I will exercise impartial judgment and continue to make independent decisions consistent with the highest ethical standards.
I will manage the need for change and growth with careful consideration of its impact on stakeholders.
With enlightened practice and professional achievement, I will strive to create long-term prosperity.
I am a leader who accepts the fiduciary duty and respect that the community has bestowed upon me.
As responsible citizens, we pledge to bring honor to ourselves, our alma mater, our colleagues, and our profession.
After the ceremony, we enjoyed a beautiful reception with friends and family:
The event was bittersweet. I can hardly believe that my time as a Daniels student has come to a close — two years could not have flown by more quickly! However, I am incredibly excited to be an alumna, and I look forward to continuing to give back to the school by blogging and by volunteering at events for prospective students. I am grateful every day for my Daniels family!