Arleen Spenceley, M.A.

Yesterday, I graduated with my master of arts in Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling from the College of Behavioral and Community Sciences at the University of south Florida.

I’ve written a lot on the blog about grad school already. This time, words aren’t necessary. 

730+ recipients of doctoral and master’s degrees.
I’ll buy dinner for the person who finds me.

USF’s President Judy Genshaft and me on the Jumbotron.
Photo courtesy of my dad.

The academic hood is obviously designed to keep a graduate’s ego in check.
Yes, you have a master’s degree, but you don’t know how to put clothes on.
Big thanks to the girl who helped me put it on, and to the girl who bobby
pinned my cap to my head. Two thumbs up, ladies, two thumbs up.

Not ready to let go, I wore the cap to dinner.
Possibly also because nobody likes cap hair.

Arleen Spenceley, MA #boom

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  • Congratulations Arleen!

  • Mike Harrison

    Congratulations! Frankly, I’m not surprised — you’ll wear it well.

  • At my undergrad graduation, there was a Baccalaureate Mass beforehand where it was a tradition for the professors to hood (it’s a verb, evidently) the first row of students, and then for that row of students to hood the second row, and onward. There was a whole tutorial beforehand, but now you’re making me suspicious that it was at least partly an exercise in humility…congratulations!!!

    • The doctoral students are the only ones to be hooded during commencement at USF (the rest of us show up w/ our hoods on) and I have to say, some of the professors who did the hooding could have used a tutorial, lol. Some poor new PhD’s got blindfolded w/ their hoods at first, or had their hats ripped right off their heads! It was awesome.

  • SVB

    Beautiful pictures. Congratulations, boo.