CBU celebrates students’ achievements with hooding events prior to summer commencements


August 22, 2018 - Riverside, CA

Hundreds of master's degree candidates at California Baptist University are celebrating their academic achievements at hooding ceremonies this week, leading up to dual commencement ceremonies on Aug. 23.

At CBU, colleges and professional schools hold hooding ceremonies to recognize their candidates for graduation and give those students distinctive colored hoods to wear at commencement.  

More than 440 master’s degree candidates are eligible to participate in inaugural summer commencement ceremonies at the CBU Events Center. Additionally, 10 candidates are scheduled to receive doctoral degrees, including eight graduates from the Doctor of Public Administration program in the Division of Online and Professional Studies (OPS), the program’s first graduates.

The College of Health Science has the largest group of master’s degree candidates with 81. The Bonnie G. Metcalf School of Education has the second largest group with 76 candidates. Additionally, OPS has 165 candidates for graduation throughout its various programs.

At the OPS hooding, held Aug. 21 at Harvest Christian Fellowship, Dr. Kathryn Norwood, dean of assessment and accreditation, encouraged the students to not rush into easy answers when they face questions in the future but rather use “sustained reflection.”

“Whether you stake your claim in the academy, in public service, in the corporate sector, in the nonprofit world, or in the culture and the arts, we (the faculty) all know that the world will be made better by the answers you will provide to a host of difficult questions,” Norwood said. “I challenge you to provide courageous leadership, to use your gifts, talents and identified strengths for the purpose for which God has created you.”

CBU will conduct two commencement ceremonies on Aug. 23 at the Events Center. For more information on commencement, click here.