Graduate School News

2014 Doctoral Hooding Ceremony

Beatley to graduates: 'Foster your own sense of personal amazement and enjoyment at the incredible world you are helping to uncover'

May 20, 2014

Dr. Timothy Beatley, keynote speaker, Carolina graduate alumnus and renowned expert in sustainability

Dr. Timothy Beatley, keynote speaker, Carolina graduate alumnus and renowned expert in sustainability

Nearly 300 students participated in the UNC-Chapel Hill Doctoral Hooding Ceremony held 9:30 a.m. May 10 in the Dean E. Smith Center. The ceremony recognizes graduate students receiving their doctoral degrees.

Timothy Beatley, the Teresa Heinz Professor of Sustainable Communities in the Department of Urban and Environmental Planning within the University of Virginia's School of Architecture, gave the keynote address.

A pioneering researcher in the field of “green urbanism” and sustainability, Beatley has written or co-written more than 15 books. The American Planning Association has recognized his book Ethical Land Use as one of its “100 Essential Books in Planning.”

Beatley received his doctorate in city and regional planning and his master's degree in political science from UNC-Chapel Hill, his master's degree in urban planning from the University of Oregon and his bachelor's degree in city planning from UVA.

Beatley offered insights to doctoral graduates that included the following:

I would challenge you to set a personal goal of seeking out and sharing your work with those in disciplines that may seem the most remote and disconnected from yours; I'm convinced that it's these unlikely collaborations that yield the most. It's these fertile areas of cross-disciplinary work where new discourse, new knowledge, new inventions, will happen.

We are now squarely in the era of citizen science, and the ability to knit together researchers on-the-ground in countries and places around the world is exciting. We must begin to see the larger public as co-collaborators, as co-producers of knowledge, and we are.

Networks of engaged and highly motivated individuals are taking snapshots of marine life with their smart phones, watching for northern right whales from coastal balconies, counting birds, becoming 'para-botanists,' and doing a thousand other things that will help advance knowledge.…

In the process we are cultivating a citizenry that will better understand the value of science and perhaps occasionally come to its defense.

Find a way, if you can, to foster your own sense of personal amazement and enjoyment at the incredible world you are helping to uncover. Make that a priority. In your necessary zeal to do careful research, write measured and thoughtful books and articles, and do what you must do to get tenure, don't forget to be excited by what you find, to have fun, to celebrate what we know about the large and the small (and of course celebrate what we don't know as well).

Keynote speech by Dr. Timothy Beatley



Dean Steve Matson presents the Faculty Award for Excellence in Doctoral Mentoring to Dr. Marilie Gammon.

Dean Steve Matson presents the Faculty Award for Excellence in Doctoral Mentoring to Dr. Marilie Gammon.

Marilie Gammon, professor of epidemiology in the Gillings School of Global Public Health, received the Faculty Award for Excellence in Doctoral Mentoring at the ceremony. The Graduate School presents the annual award to a faculty member who has: encouraged graduate students to establish their own records of scholarly activity, provided a supportive environment that brings forth the very best from students, and achieved a successful record of graduate degree completion among students he or she has advised.

In presenting the award to Gammon, Graduate School Dean Steve Matson said, “Dr. Gammon's nomination came from an alumnus as well as a current doctoral student, each nomination articulating her outstanding generosity, supportive environment and intentional goal of fostering independent scholarly records and successful degree completion.”


A scene from the Doctoral Hooding Ceremony

A scene from the Doctoral Hooding Ceremony

Chancellor Carol L. Folt congratulates doctoral graduates on their achievement.

Chancellor Carol L. Folt congratulates doctoral graduates on their achievement.



Video of full Hooding Ceremony