Aug 27-30 – IT Grad Support

The Helpdesk will provide extended hours (until 6:30 pm) for the first week of classes.  Students and faculty can come the Helpdesk office in the Library for support or call (301-696-3622) or email (

Aug 30 – Mandatory Sexual-Assault Online-Training

New this year per federal policy, Hood College requires all students—both undergraduate and graduate—to complete an online training on sexual assault.  Because this is a mandatory training and ensures Hood’s federal compliance, failure to complete the course by the deadline will result in a hold on your student account (preventing further course registration, ordering transcripts, etc.).  For optimum functionality, the course should be completed on a computer, rather than a mobile device.  The course has two parts: Part 1 is due by August 30

Visit and scroll down to the bottom, blue menu bar and click “Course link for graduate students.”  You will then be prompted to login to the site via your Self-Service account.

Sept 4 – New Policy on Continuous Registration

New this year, we have a continuous registration policy in keeping with national best practices in graduate education.  You are required to register for at least one credit every fall and spring semester.  If, on the other hand, you have extenuating circumstances that require a Leave of Absence, please complete and submit the Leave of Absence form to the Registrar’s Office by the drop-add deadline of September 4. Submitting this form will reserve your place in the program for the coming semester; a Request for Leave of Absence is not required for summer terms.  Students are permitted to request one semester or two consecutive semesters of leave. Leaves of absence do not affect or extend the seven (7) year time limit for completion of graduate coursework.

If students do not enroll for one course for two consecutive fall and spring semesters, nor submit the Request for Leave of Absence form by Sept 4, they will be withdrawn from the College and will need to request readmission through the Registrar’s office.

Sept 12 – Website Launch & Rededication Ceremony

The new website is continuing with an anticipated launch date of September 12, which is the same day we will rededicate the Alumnae Hall pillars.  The new website is designed with YOU, the student, in mind, and I think that you’ll enjoy the fresh, modernized look and content, along with the improved functionality.  Just look for the special Graduate School link at the top of the new site:

Website_Grad link


Sept 15 – Hood College hosts 2nd Annual Humanities Conference

This fall, Hood College will host its second annual student research conference in humanities. The conference, “Discovering Humanities at Hood,” is designed to highlight the exciting work of students in humanities-related programs. The all-day conference is set for September 15th in Whitaker.

Dr. Corey Campion, director of the MA in Humanities program and co-organizer of the conference shared that this year’s event will be even more diverse and informative than last year’s inaugural event.  Even if you’re not a student participant, all students are encouraged to attend and partake in this important exchange of ideas.   For more information, contact Dr. Corey Campion at 301-696-3227 or


Oct 1 – CPT/ OPT Workshop for Internationals

Our Primary Designated School Official (PDSO) and the dean of the Graduate School will explain the policy and procedure for securing curricular practical training (CPT) or optional practical training (OPT) on your F-1 visa in the Whitaker Campus Center 220 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. We will also have a staff member from the Career Center there to demonstrate how to use some of their search engines for locating such OPT/CPT opportunities. Please RSVP here.

Oct 18 – Cotton Cybersecurity Lecture with NIST


Join us for the next installment of our Cotton Cybersecurity Lecture Series, which is an integral part of our new Cybersecurity Master’s Degree.  The next keynote address in the series will be given by Dr. Ronald Ross , who is a computer scientist and Fellow at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). His focus areas include information security, systems security engineering, and risk management. Dr. Ross leads the Federal Information Security Modernization Act (FISMA) Implementation Project, which includes the development of security standards and guidelines for the federal government, contractors, and the United States critical infrastructure.  The event is scheduled for Thursday, October 18, 2018, from 7 – 8 PM in Hodson auditorium, Rosenstock Hall.

Oct 30 – Instant Admission Event


Do you love Hood?  If so, please share our Instant Admission event with your colleagues and friends/family with a bachelor’s degree or higher.  From humanities and ceramics to education, business and STEM programs, we have the degree to suit everyone!   Although not part of the instant admission process, terminal doctoral, MFA and counseling degrees will also be at this event to share additional information, so encourage your network to register for this free event:

  1. The noon session
  2. The 4:30 session

Nov 1 – Dinner with the Dean

Join me for dinner on November 1 in Whitaker 220–anytime between 4:00-6:00 PM.  Enjoy a meal with the dean and your peers and contribute to an ongoing conversation on strengthening graduate education here at Hood College.  All are welcome, but we have limited seating.  Thus, you must reserve your seat in advance here.

Nov 6 – Admission Cafe


Do you have a friend or colleague, who is ready to advance in their career? Share our online Admission Cafe event with your colleagues and friends/family with a bachelor’s degree or higher. From STEM degrees to MBA and education programs, attendees can meet our admissions team and learn about the affordability and power of a Hood graduate degree at our Admission Café—a 30-minute, virtual open house during lunch hour (12:15-12:45). Encourage your network to register for this free event TODAY!

Nov 6 – Graduate Women in Science (GWIS) Speed Mentoring


Join us for our second annual speed mentoring event for women in science.  The Graduate School is co-sponsoring this year’s event on Nov 6th from 6-8 PM in partnership with Mount St. Mary’s University and our local chapter of Graduate Women in Science (GWIS).  Attendees can explore new ways to grow your network and optimize your career savvy. In addition to speed mentoring sessions, keynote topics will include: “Optimizing your LinkedIn Profile,” “Salary Advocacy for Women” and “Interview Secrets.” Come prepared to have a great time, whether you plan to participate, mentor or just observe. Email for more information.

Nov 13 – Diwali, Festival of Lights


Will you celebrate Diwali on Nov 7 this year?  Or are you interested in learning more about this wonderful holiday, the Hindu Festival of Lights? Our annual celebration will take place in Whitaker 220 (2nd floor) from ~3:30-5:30 PM on Nov 13 and will include authentic Indian foods and more!  Please contact the Graduate School if you would like to help make this event special or just to get more details:

Nov 15 – BioBeers


All students interested in biotechnology or the business practices thereof are welcome to join the Graduate School and our bioinformatics MS program for this fun event.  There will be 100+ business, IT, and biotech professionals in the region with whom to network.  This event will be hosted in the Whitaker Campus Center Commons from 6 to 9 PM. The first 100 attendees will receive a commemorative pint glass. Email for additional details.

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