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Doctorate graduates recognized at hooding ceremony

Faculty and graduates participating in the Ph.D. hooding ceremony include, from left, Dr. Mulford, Dr. Preston Jones, Madison Duncan, Jacob Johnson, Jason Lawson, Dr. Bruce Singleton, Jason Spears, Josh Switzer, Dr. Rickey Casey, Dr. Karen Rush, Dr. Pat Cowherd and Dr. Vince Scovetta. (Campbellsville University Photo by Michael Hodges)

By Gerard Flanagan, news writer and photographer, Office of University Communications

CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. – Commencement and hooding ceremonies mark a “joyous and proud moment of celebration” for students and family alike, Dr. Rick Casey told the candidates for hooding at Campbellsville University’s Ph.D. hooding ceremony last month.

“You should enjoy every minute of this day because it is a day where all of your hard work pays off, and it is your day,” Casey said.

Casey serves as associate dean of the School of Business, Economics and Technology, professor of business and director of the school’s Ph.D. program.

The six candidates for hooding, listed with their dissertation, are as follows:

Madison Duncan of Campbellsville, Ky., “Measured vs. Perceived Credibility of Female Sideline Sports Reporters in Male-Dominated Athletics”; Jacob Johnson of Danville, Ky., “Do as I Do? The Impact of Perceived Organizational Ethical Culture on Employee Engagement in Higher Education”;

Jason Lawson of Campbellsville, Ky., “Personal Spirituality and Organizational Citizenship Behaviors in Christian Higher Education”; Bruce Singleton of Somerset, Ky., “The Kentucky General Assembly Agenda on Cyber Issues: An Empirical Study”;

Jason Spears of Milton, W.Va., “Remote Access in the Court System Post-Covid 19”; Josh Switzer of Liberty, Ky., “An Examination of the Effect of Self-Efficacy on the Relationship between Adult ADHD and Turnover Intention.”

Casey told the candidates, “You have worked tirelessly over the past several years to reach this point, and your dedication and commitment to your research and scholarship have been nothing short of exemplary.”

He added that they have tackled complex problems, asked difficult questions and generated new knowledge that has the potential to “transform” their respective fields.

“As you move on to the next stage of your careers, whether that be in academia, industry, or elsewhere, I encourage you to take with you the values and skills that you have perfected during your time as a doctoral student,” Casey said.

“These include perseverance, intellectual curiosity, critical thinking, and the ability to communicate complex ideas with clarity and precision.”

He reminded the candidates that pursuing knowledge is a lifelong journey, and they have the potential to make a profound impact on the world along the way.

“You are now part of a community of scholars who are committed to advancing the frontiers of knowledge, and I have no doubt that you will continue to make significant contributions in your respective fields,” Casey stated.

Dr. Pat Cowherd, dean of the School of Business, Economics and Technology, told the hooding candidates that graduating with a Ph.D. is a “remarkable accomplishment.”

“You should be incredibly proud of your hard work and dedication,” she said.

In wishing them success in their futures, Cowherd explained to the hooding candidates that she hoped their newly-earned Ph.D. would open up countless opportunities for them.

“As you embark on this new journey, I hope that you will never lose sight of your goals and aspirations. May you always stay true to your values and convictions, and may you never stop learning and growing.”

Campbellsville University is a widely acclaimed Kentucky-based Christian university that offers over 100 programs including doctoral, master, bachelor, associate and certificate programs. The website for complete information is www.campbellsville.edu.