WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The first doctoral graduation class from Winston-Salem State University said they’re “disappointed” they won’t be able to wear their academic regalia at Friday’s ceremony for the completion of the program.
The 24 physical therapy doctoral students are a part of WSSU’s first doctorate program in the health and sciences department and in the entire institution.
Student Clint Serafino said in July they were notified of a traditional ceremony following the program’s completion. On Wednesday, Serafino said they were told they would have to wait until May to wear any of their regalia at all.
“We’re not trying to say that we deserve something special, we’re trying to say as a doctorate program, these other programs get to be hooded in a way that is ceremonious and celebratory and that’s not happening to us,” Serafino said.”