Inaugural Pinning Ceremony Recognizes 54 Doctoral Students

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

On September 27, 54 doctoral students were pinned at the inaugural Graduate School Deans Scholars ceremony. 
Lead by Sara Xayarath Hernández, associate dean for inclusion and student engagement, this event marked the beginning of an annual fall tradition where the Graduate School publicly recognizes and celebrates the Deans Scholars for their academic achievements, commitment to excellence, and potential for making meaningful contributions to their respective disciplines.
The Graduate School Deans Scholars are recipients of doctoral fellowships in support of diversity, including:
  • Deans Excellence Fellowship
  • Deans McNair Fellowship
  • Deans Mellon Mays Fellowship
  • SUNY Graduate Diversity Fellowship
  • McNair SUNY Graduate Diversity Fellowship
  • Provost Diversity Fellowship
  • Cornell Colman Fellowship                     
  • Cornell Sloan Fellowship
  • Cornell GEM Ph.D. Fellowship
The Deans Scholar Program aims to develop a community of diverse scholars and enable them to connect with other scholars across all graduate fields. Deans Scholars participate in a variety of professional and community development events and programs sponsored by the Office of Inclusion & Student Engagement (OISE) and its partners, some of which include Diversity Programs in Engineering and Cornell University Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CU-CIRTL).
"The Graduate School Deans Scholars are a distinguished group of graduate students who are making significant contributions to their fields through their academic achievement, scholarship, and community engagement," said Barbara Knuth, senior vice provost and dean of the Graduate School, after the pinning ceremony.
The design of the Deans Scholars pin shows the Cornell seal in a round center of gold surrounded by an outer ring of silver. Silver represents the persistence, and gold represents achievement. The ceremony was followed by a reception for the scholars and their invited guests including faculty mentors and advisors, loved ones, colleagues, and friends.