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The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will hold its 2014 Doctoral Hooding Ceremony at 9:30 a.m. May 10 in the Dean E. Smith Center. The ceremony recognizes graduate students receiving their doctoral degrees.

Nearly 300 students are expected to participate. During the ceremony, each participating doctoral graduate will be called to the stage to have the hood of the commencement regalia conferred by his or her adviser or dissertation committee chair.

Watch the doctoral hooding ceremony live.

The keynote speaker will be Timothy Beatley, the Teresa Heinz Professor of Sustainable Communities in the Department of Urban and Environmental Planning within the University of Virginia’s School of Architecture. Beatley received his doctorate in city and regional planning and his master’s degree in political science from UNC-Chapel Hill, his master’s degree in urban planning from the University of Oregon and his bachelor’s degree in city planning from UVA.

A pioneering researcher in the field of “green urbanism” and sustainability, Beatley has written or co-written more than 15 books. The American Planning Association has recognized his book Ethical Land Use as one of its “100 Essential Books in Planning.”

“Tim Beatley continues to advance knowledge that is helping us navigate significant challenges in our increasingly urban world,” said Steve Matson, dean of The Graduate School at UNC-Chapel Hill. “With compassion and clear vision, he puts forward carefully considered ways to sustain quality of life in communities across our country and beyond. We look forward to his inspiring message to our doctoral graduates.”

During the ceremony, The Graduate School also presents the annual Faculty Award for Excellence in Doctoral Mentoring to a faculty member who has: encouraged graduate students to establish their own records of scholarly activity, provided a supportive environment that brings forth the very best from students, and achieved a successful record of graduate degree completion among students he or she has advised.

Family and friends are invited to the ceremony, as well as the public.

By Deb Saine, UNC Graduate School.

May 6, 2014