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Graduate Education Students at UC Recognized in Hooding Ceremony


WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. – The University of the Cumberlands (UC) Education Department held a hooding ceremony where graduate education degree recipients received their Master’s degree hoods. The ceremony was held on May 4, 2012 at First Baptist Church located in Williamsburg, KY.

Along with presenting of the hoods, Thomas Berry (Morganfield, Ky.) addressed the rest of the education graduates.

“The MAT (Master of Arts in Teaching) at Cumberlands is a sound program and is the best in the area,” Berry said. “I would not be the teacher I am today if it weren’t for University of the Cumberlands.”

Berry and the other graduates in attendance were honored and recognized for their success prior to graduation, which was held on Saturday morning. Forty-nine graduates participated in the ceremony who earned their MAT while 35 earned their Master of Arts in Education (MAEd).

The hooding ceremony dates to the 1400s although it did not begin in the United States until the late 1800s. Students who achieved higher degrees like a Master's degree were honored with the addition of a hood to their regalia. Today's hooding ceremony continues as a reminder that Master's degree students have achieved a higher level of status in the academic realm.

Located in Williamsburg, Ky., University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees in more than 40 major fields of study; nine pre-professional programs; seven graduate degrees, including a doctorate and six master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs.