FREDERICK, Md.—Hood College marked the start of its 122nd academic year with its annual convocation ceremony Aug. 25 at 10 a.m. in the College's Hodson Outdoor Theater.
Hood College President Ronald J. Volpe, Ph.D., welcomed new and returning students to campus; Edgar Schick, Ph.D., provost and vice president of academic affairs, recognized outstanding student achievements; and John George, associate professor of education, gave the keynote address.
William H. Browning Jr., a friend and longtime supporter of the College, was awarded an honorary degree for the contributions and commitment he has made to the betterment of the College and the Frederick community.
In addition to students, faculty, staff and family members, a number of local community leaders and elected officials were in attendance.
The student population includes 302 new first-year students, 34 of whom have enrolled in the highly selective honors program; 124 new undergraduate students who have transferred to Hood from 34 different two- and four-year institutions; and 236 new graduate students.
Members of the class of 2018 hail from 15 states and the District of Columbia and six foreign countries.
The ceremony was also filled with tradition, including the customary candle-lighting ceremony. Members of the class of 2018 recited the Hood Honor Code Pledge and, in recognition of attaining senior status and their forthcoming transition from students to alumni, each member of the senior class received a class pin from Hood's alumni executive board.
View the convocation 2014 photos.