28 HIS and HOS Ph.D.s Honored in Hooding Ceremony
The Department of History and the Program in History of Science congratulate their 28 new doctorates who were honored in a hooding ceremony on Monday, June 3.
The gowns and hoods are worn as part of traditional academic regalia trace their history to medieval Europe, when heavy woolen robes were necessities in the cold, stone university halls. Hoods distinguish the wearer both by rank and academic discipline. Each hood is bordered by a velvet band in the color assigned to the academic discipline in which the degree is granted: blue for philosophy (as in doctor of philosophy, or Ph.D.); peacock blue for public affairs; gold for engineering; white for arts and letters; brown for architecture; and light brown for finance. The hood lining shows the colors of the degree-granting university - at Princeton, orange with a black chevron.
Anne Kerth was hooded by Tera Hunter, the Edwards Professor of American History and a professor of history and African American studies. Kerth expressed her gratitude for her adviser's advocacy, support and confidence. "Professor Hunter has dedicated a staggering amount of time, care and energy to my success," she said. "I'll never have enough words to thank her for everything she's done."
The advanced degree recipients were honored Monday, but their degrees are formally awarded at Princeton's 272nd Commencement on Tuesday, June 4.