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PA Students Receive Academic Hood

PA Academic Hooding

The hooding ceremony provides a way to celebrate degree candidates in a more personal way than Commencement allows, with the hood signifying success in scholarly and professional achievements beyond a bachelor’s degree. Adam Metzler ’17 received his hood and noted, “Being hooded carried a sense of relief and honor in my accomplishments and the hard work that I had put in for the past two years.” PA Students at Butler University first participated in hooding in May 2008, when the first master’s class graduated. 

On May 5, with the College of Pharmacy and Health Science faculty and administration in full academic regalia, 71 PA degree candidates, along with candidates in the Pharmacy Program, received their academic hood. Remarks were made by Dean Robert Soltis, as well as the two Presidents of the class of 2017, Karissa Miller and Daniel Fisher. PA candidates took the PA Oath as Professionals for the first time. The afternoon ended with a reception for all, where students and faculty shared memories with family and friends.

Kaitlyn Crohan '17 remarked, “It was surreal! In that moment, I felt honored to be walking across that stage, appreciative of everyone who supported and helped me along the way, and proud of myself for making it through the toughest few years of my life. It was definitely a moment to revel in." Emily Yarman ’17, summed up the day saying, “It finally felt like everything had been worth it. Every slide, every late night and early morning studying, every tear, every Clif Bar meal, every moment of work had all been worth it. The amount of pride I had in myself and my peers was almost euphoric—we did what had felt impossible just a few months prior. It was amazing to be surrounded by peers, professors, and loved ones all celebrating our huge accomplishment. Also, figuring out how to fold the hood felt like the final ‘test’ of PA school.”