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While the commencement ceremony in Kenan Stadium belongs to everyone, it’s clear that the undergraduates are the stars on Mother’s Day.  The day before, the graduate students have their own star turn at the University hooding ceremony.

The hood is an accessory worn over the Ph.D. robe.  In the picture to the right, our graduate Ning Fu (center) is being hooded by Provost James Dean (left) and Economics Professor Donna Gilleskie (right).  The darker blue facing of the hood indicates that her degree is a Ph.D., and the Carolina-blue lining is our very own.  Dr. Fu begins her own professional career next month as a research economist with Mathematica Policy Research in Washington, DC.

The Economics Department has 12 students receiving their Ph.D. degrees in the current academic year, and five of them (Jeff Ackerman, Matt Forsstrom, Ning Fu, Hanwei Liu and Tan Tran) were hooded at the May ceremony.  Assisting at the hoodings were faculty members Patrick Conway, Donna Gilleskie and Brian McManus.

Congratulations to our Ph.D. recipients!

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