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Doctoral hooding ceremony to be held May 14

May 11, 2010

Kelly Homan Rodoski
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Syracuse University’s Graduate School will hold its annual doctoral hooding ceremony, honoring the 2010 doctoral degree candidates, on Friday, May 14, at 6 p.m. in Goldstein Auditorium of the Hildegarde and J. Myer Schine Student Center. Doctoral degrees will be presented to more than 130 students at Commencement on May 16.

The invitation-only event will begin with remarks by Sandra N. Hurd, associate provost for academic programs and acting dean of the Graduate School. The 2010 William Wasserstrom Prize for the Teaching of Graduate Students will be awarded to John Yinger, Trustee Professor of Public Administration and Economics in the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs and The College of Arts and Sciences. Susan Wadley, associate dean for curriculum, instruction and programs in The College of Arts and Sciences and Ford-Maxwell Professor of South Asian Studies in the Maxwell School, will present the award.

Doctoral prizes will be presented by Patricia Stith, assistant provost for equity and inclusion and associate dean of the Graduate School. This year’s Graduate School marshal is Patrick Hakey.

The Wasserstrom Prize is presented annually by The College of Arts and Sciences in memory of Professor William Wasserstrom, a former faculty member in the Department of English. The award, which carries a cash prize, recognizes a tenured faculty member who, in the view of students and colleagues, best exemplifies the following qualities: being a recognized scholar whose work is characterized by its originality and distinctive character; having an outstanding record of effective training of graduate students; and actively participating in the intellectual and institutional life of the University, college and department.

yingerYinger has mentored a number of Syracuse University Ph.D. and master’s students in economics, public administration and social science. His wisdom and guidance have been instrumental in helping to launch the careers of a number of scholars who teach in leading public administration programs across the country.

Yinger is the director of the Maxwell School’s Education Finance and Accountability Program, which promotes research, education and debate about fundamental issues in the public school system. He studies racial and ethnic discrimination in housing and mortgage markets, as well as state and local public finance, particularly education.

Yinger has published widely in professional journals. His books include the edited volume “Helping Children Left Behind: State Aid and the Pursuit of Educational Equity” (MIT Press, 2004); “The Color of Credit: Mortgage Discrimination, Research Methodology, and Fair Lending Enforcement,” co-authored with Stephen Ross (MIT Press, 2002); and “Closed Doors, Opportunities Lost: The Continuing Costs of Housing Discrimination” (Russell Sage Foundation Publications, 1995), which received the Meyers Center Award for the Study of Human Rights in North America.

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