On Friday, June 14, 2019, 47 Master of Public Administration (MPA) students participated in our annual hooding ceremony. The hooding ceremony is a symbolic tradition that welcomes students into academia. This year, we had over 400 guests attend the ceremony to see their loved one participate. Jade Hudek and Jeremy Mohn were the class speakers and spoke of grit, resilience, and friendship that they have gained throughout their time in the MPA program. After the class speaker speeches, each guest was hooded by a faculty member along with a family member or friend.