Virtual Hooding Celebration
August 2019 - May 2021

Welcome to The Graduate School’s 2021 Virtual Doctoral Hooding celebration!

The tradition of doctoral hooding dates to around the 12th century and was used as a way to recognize degree recipients as they commenced their academic careers. Today, we invite you to help us as we continue that tradition (albeit virtually) and to celebrate the achievements of individuals who earned their doctorates between August 2019 and May 2021. These searchable galleries celebrate each doctorate degree recipient and their recognitions can be downloaded and shared through social media.

Gallery of Doctoral Graduates

We hope you will also take the time to view our hooding celebration video that features messages from:

  • Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz;
  • Dean of The Graduate School, Suzanne Barbour, PhD;
  • Ryan Collins ’11 (’21 JD), outgoing president of the Graduate and Professional Student Government; and,
  • Mary Sue Coleman (’69 Ph.D.), Carolina alumna and former president of the Association of American Universities (AAU).

We also celebrate Shelley Golden, (’99 MPH; ’13 Ph.D.), associate professor of Health Behavior in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, for her excellence in doctoral mentoring. Thank you again for visiting and celebrating Carolina doctorate degree recipients.

Virtual Doctoral Hooding Celebration Video

2021 Faculty Mentoring Award

Shelley Golden

Shelley Golden

Dr. Shelley Golden is an associate professor and vice chair for academic affairs in the Department of Health Behavior in the Gillings School of Global Public Health. Dr. Golden’s nomination cited her constant attention to the needs of students, particularly during the pandemic. She was described as being warm and welcoming to new students and highly supportive of both her advisees and other students in the program. The nomination also highlighted Dr. Golden’s commitment to career development of her students, stating “…Dr. Golden has always taken the time to introduce me as ‘her colleague’ to professors from other institutions, which has helped me foster external collaborations and professional development opportunities.”

The nomination summarizes Dr. Golden’s mentoring style as follows: “I truly believe there is a difference between an ‘advisor’ and a ‘mentor.’ An advisor oversees progress and signs important paperwork, but not all advisors become mentors. A mentor is someone who teaches, encourages, supports, provides opportunities and collaboration, gives constructive feedback to foster scholarly development, advocates, and helps ensure the well being of their students. Dr. Golden is a mentor. Her public health brilliance and exceptional drive to champion doctoral students while supporting their well-being and mental health is unmatched.”

The Graduate School is grateful to Dr. Golden for her commitment to mentoring doctoral students and is happy to recognize her efforts with the 2021 Faculty Mentoring Award.

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