While graduation dates usually fall in May and December, that timeline doesn’t always coincide with the plans of all our students. Meet Justin Kaewnopparat, a Hospitality and Tourism student from the Department of Retail, Hospitality, and Tourism Management in the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences. Justin just completed his PhD last week; not in time to join the hooding ceremony in May. Since he is attending the University of Tennessee under the support of his home government in Thailand, Justin will not be able to return in December to attend his “official” hooding ceremony. So what does our college do? Host his own personal hooding ceremony!
Justin was hooded during the ceremony by his department head, Ann Fairhurst, with the assistance of one of his committee members, Stefanie Benjamin. Justin, a former lecturer at Bangkok University, will take his education and return to Thailand to teach and share the wealth of knowledge he acquired during his program here.
And of course, he can’t leave without a proper lesson in how to fold his hood!