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The Air Force Institute of Technology’s Graduate School of Engineering and Management held a ceremony on September 16 to celebrate 17 students earning their doctorates.
The newly created doctoral students join a group of over 960 other former AFIT doctoral students.
“Today represents the culmination of a long effort involving lectures, seminars, lab work, writing, rewriting and defending theses,” said Dr Walter Jones, director and chancellor of the AFIT, which acknowledged the difficult circumstances students endured to complete their studies, including accessing campus due to COVID-19
restrictions. “You’ve overcome all of these challenges, and I would say if you can overcome these challenges, you can do just about anything.”
Col. James Fee, Associate Dean of the Graduate School of Engineering and Management, thanked the faculty for their efforts in helping students complete their programs and congratulated the graduates.
“Having taken the program at AFIT myself, I know the pain you went through to get here,” he joked. “!
During the ceremony, students wore doctoral university badges that included a gown with three velvet bars on each sleeve and a cap with a gold pom pom.
In addition to their diploma, graduates also received an academic hood from their advisor. The 4ft long hood is lined in the AFIT colors of Royal Blue and Vivid Gold.
The doctoral students who participated in the ceremony were:
■ Captain. Nate Beveridge, Doctor of Philosophy in Operations Research
■ Shift. Timothy Calver, Doctor of Philosophy in Applied Physics
■ Hirsch Chizever, Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical Engineering
■ Captain. Bryan Egner, Doctor of Philosophy in Nuclear Engineering
■ William Erwin, Doctor of Philosophy in Nuclear Engineering
■ Lt. Colonel Matthew Fuqua, Doctor of Philosophy in Aeronautical Engineering
■ Shift. Jonathon Gipson, Doctor of Philosophy in Systems Engineering
■ Mitchell Hirschfeld, Doctor of Philosophy in Computer Science
■ Captain. Leleia Hsia, Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical Engineering
■ Shift. Brigham Moore, Doctor of Philosophy in Systems Engineering
■ Benjamin Morris, doctor of philosophy in operations research
■ Shift. Everett Palmer, Doctor of Philosophy in Astronautical Engineering
■ Captain. Nicholas Quartemont, Doctor of Philosophy in Nuclear Engineering
■ Captain. Sophia Schwalbe, Doctor of Philosophy in Applied Physics
■ Shift. Spencer Sellers, Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical Engineering
■ Shift. Todd Small, Doctor of Philosophy in Applied Physics
■ Lt. Colonel Derek Spear, Doctor of Philosophy in Aeronautical Engineering