Convocation 2018

Hood College marked the start of its 126th academic year with its annual Convocation ceremony Sunday evening in the Hodson Outdoor Theater on campus.
President Andrea E. Chapdelaine, Ph.D., welcomed new and returning students to campus; Debbie Ricker, provost and vice president for academic affairs, recognized outstanding student achievements; and Heather Mitchell-Buck, associate professor of English, delivered the keynote address.
On behalf of the Alumni Executive Board, Elizabeth “Liz” Thompson from the Class of 2008, offered the senior class some inspiring advice. Liz emphasized the importance of being present in the moment, taking advantage of all that Hood has to offer, and to always “trust your gut.” Liz concluded her speech by presenting the Class of 2019 with their senior pins.
This year, Hood will welcome 343 new first-year and transfer students to its undergraduate population. These students come from 16 states, the District of Columbia, and eight countries. Seventy-eight new students have been invited to join the prestigious Honors program, and there are 23 legacy students, whose parent, sibling or grandparent earned a Hood bachelor’s or master’s degree.
There are 203 new graduate students this year including 21 international students from six different countries. Nineteen of the new graduate students are Hood College alumni—either with a Hood bachelor’s degree or a previous Hood master’s degree.
The Graduate School’s doctoral program will welcome its third and largest cohort of 20 students this semester. Students in the program can choose to pursue the Doctorate of Organizational Leadership or the Doctorate of Business Administration.


Blue and Grey Golf Tournament

Hood College Athletics will host the annual Blue and Grey Golf Tournament on Friday, September 14, 2018 at Clustered Spires Golf Club in Frederick.
By participating in this event, you will help us provide valuable resources to the Hood College athletics programs. The money raised will go to the facilities, equipment and uniforms for Hood College athletes.
Each year nearly every student receives financial assistance allowing Hood to attract and retain outstanding students. Proceeds from this golf tournament will support student scholarships.
Registration is $150 for an individual golfer and $550 for a foursome. The registration fee includes cart and green fees, breakfast, lunch and a beverage cart throughout the day, range balls and access to the practice green. Your registration fee also includes complimentary gifts and an award ceremony, including the Linda Berkheimer Ladies Championship trophy.
Sponsorships for this event start at $150.
For more information or to view sponsorship levels, please click here. For the tournament brochure and registration form, please click here. Participants must submit the registration form and payment by Friday, September 7, to Terry Burdette at 401 Rosemont Ave., Frederick MD 21701.
For more information, please contact Terry at (301) 696-3998 or


Homecoming 2018

As part of Homecoming and Fall Family Weekend, the Office of Alumni Relations and the Office of Student Engagement invite you and your guests to campus on Saturday, October 6! Kick off the day at 7:30 a.m. with the Blue and Grey 5K Fun Run. Following the Fun Run, head over to Whitaker Campus Commons for coffee and conversation with President Andrea Chapdelaine, Ph.D., at 10 a.m. Stop by the Residential Quad between noon and 4 p.m. for Blazer Radio, bubble soccer and more! Brunch will be available in Coblentz Dining Hall between 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Concessions will be available for purchase from 11:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. on Thomas Athletic Field.

Throughout the afternoon, check out the following athletic contests:
Noon Women’s Field Hockey vs. Arcadia
Thomas Athletic Field
2 p.m. Women’s Soccer vs. Widener
Thomas Athletic Field
4:30 p.m. Men’s Soccer vs. Widener
Thomas Athletic Field

Click here to view a complete weekend schedule. Continue to check back for updates and additional events.


Special Message from Nancy Gillece ’81

Two weeks ago, over 400 alumnae, alumni and friends returned to Hood for Reunion Weekend. The weekend was filled with fond memories, renewed friendships and optimism for the future. As the class of 1968 celebrated their 50th reunion, they remembered the challenges of that year and the issues facing our nation. They shared stories about Katherine Graham, the commencement speaker, and remembered her words of wisdom. Last month, Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden addressed the class of 2018 and urged them to honor the founders of their alma mater, particularly meaningful as we celebrate the College’s 125th anniversary.

May I invite you to join Dr. Hayden in honoring Hood with a gift to the College? Please join in and show your support with a contribution before June 30, the end of the fiscal year. Each gift demonstrates confidence in the College and will support the continued commitment to preparing women and men for lives of responsibility and leadership. Thank you for your loyalty!