Doctoral Recognition


Our Doctoral graduates are a determined and talented group of students. By completing dissertations and applied doctoral projects, they have achieved the ultimate level of scholarship in their fields and have become official members of the scholarly community. Congratulations to the class of 2020!

Doctoral Hooding Ceremony

The Doctoral Hooding Ceremony is a formal celebration and acknowledgment of a doctoral student’s academic accomplishment. During a live hooding ceremony, a faculty member places the doctoral hood over the head of the graduate, signifying their success in completing the graduate program. In our virtual Doctoral Hooding Ceremony, each doctoral graduate will be recognized individually for their academic achievement and degree completion.

Doctoral Research Poster Session

Please explore the outstanding research completed by our doctoral graduates through our virtual Doctoral Graduate Research Poster Session. The Doctoral Graduate Research Poster Session is a forum for graduating doctoral students to present their original research to a community of peers and scholars. In this virtual format, doctoral graduates describe their research project and provide details about the research design, data collection, and findings via a pre-recorded presentation.

Outstanding Doctoral Research Awards

We are honored to announce our recipients of the 2020 Outstanding Doctoral Research Awards. The following dissertations and applied doctoral projects demonstrate the highest quality research and can be used as exemplars of Ashford student research.

Congratulations to our Doctoral Research Award recipients!
  • Outstanding Dissertation 2020- Quantitative: Dr. Sarah Anderson, PsyD
  • Outstanding Dissertation 2020- Qualitative: Dr. Genene Duran, PhD
  • Outstanding Dissertation 2020- Honorable Mention: Dr. Markethia Mull, PhD
  • Outstanding Applied Doctoral Project 2020: Dr. Susan Strickland, PsyD

Connect with a Faculty Member!

One of the joyous moments of commencement for our faculty is to connect with students they worked with throughout their educational journey. Connect with a faculty member from your program or leave a message for a faculty member who made an impact on your Ashford experience.

Stage Clip

In lieu of being able to walk across stage, we are excited to give every graduate a customized clip with your name and optional photo, short video clip or inspirational message if previously uploaded. Each student will receive the finalized clip as our gift to you.

Virtual Photo Booth

Lights, camera, action! Hello, graduates! Gather your family, friends, or just yourself and choose a frame to snap a fun picture in our virtual photo booth. Immediately share with your family and friends. The booth will be active from 9:30am – 5:30pm PT on 10/11 only.

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