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The Happiest of Days for Horned Frogs: Graduation

They fidgeted, they laughed, they waved. Neeley graduates proudly lined up for the MBA hooding ceremony and TCU commencement, a little nervous and a lot joyous.  

May 16,  2014

By Elaine Cole

MBA or BBA, every student dreams of walking across the stage and receiving that most precious of items: a TCU diploma. 

For TCU MBAs, graduation begins with the Neeley School’s official hooding ceremony at Ed Landreth Auditorium the evening before commencement. While not actually hoods – more like satin and velvet shawls – bestowing the MBA regalia on graduates is a time-honored tradition. The formal presentation of their hoods by deans and program directors takes place in front of family and friends.

At the hooding ceremony May 9, TCU MBAs processed into the auditorium bearing their hoods on their arms. O. Homer Erekson, John V. Roach Dean of the Neeley School of Business at TCU, and William Cron, senior associate dean of graduate programs, welcomed the crowd.

Ray Pfeiffer, chair of the accounting department, joined Dean Erekson to bestow hoods on34 Master of Accounting graduates as they crossed the stage one-by-one.

Cron and Erekson bestowed hoods on 37 Full-Time MBAs, two Accelerated MBAs, 12 Professional MBAs and four Accelerated PMBAs.

These students were singled out as Neeley Scholars for the impressive feat of graduating in the top 10 percent of their class:

MAc: Arielle Nicole Austin, Kelly Marie Pahl, Elizabeth Paschal Reid and Andrew Russell

Full-Time MBA: Morgan Maxwell, Jenna Reynolds and Jami Harmon

Professional MBA: Bill Callahan and Matthew Walker

Following the ceremony, graduates, families, friends, faculty and staff celebrated at a reception on the lawn.

On Saturday, the day glowed warm and sunny for TCU commencement in Amon G. Carter Stadium May 10. Chancellor Victor J. Boschini bestowed TCU degrees on 1,659 happy students: 1,399 received bachelor’s degrees, 226 received master’s degrees and 34 PhD. For the first time in many years, the ceremony was held outdoors instead of in Daniel-Meyer Coliseum, which is undergoing renovation.