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Doctoral Student Celebration

Drexel University Graduate College Doctoral Student Celebration

Honoring Doctoral Degree Recipients

The Graduate College welcomes doctoral degree recipients from the current Academic Year, senior leadership, deans, faculty and professional staff advisors, and guests to attend a reception each year in June to honor the graduating class.

*Please note that this reception is NOT a doctoral hooding ceremony. Doctoral hooding is done at the individual College and School Commencement ceremonies. For more information about individual College and School ceremonies, the University-wide Commencement Ceremony at Citizens Bank Park, and tickets, regalia, directions, and instructions, please visit the Commencement website or call 1.800.2DREXEL.

2022 Doctoral Student Celebration

Tuesday, June 7, 2022
5 - 7 p.m. EDT

The Logan – Philadelphia’s Hotel
One Logan Square
Philadelphia, PA 19103

The 2022 Doctoral Student Celebration will took place on Tuesday, June 7 5 to 7 p.m. at The Logan Hotel in Philadelphia’s Logan Square, just steps away from the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University and Center City campus.

The Graduate College welcomed doctoral degree recipients from the current Academic Year, senior leadership, deans, faculty and professional staff advisors, and guests to attend a reception honoring the Class of 2022. The event featuref brief remarks from senior leadership and distinguished student speakers. Light hors d'oeuvres and refreshments were served.

Please review the Graduation Requirements page of our website for important graduation dates and deadlines.

Doctoral candidates are hooded as part of their respective College and School Ceremonies.

View the 2022 Event Photos

2021-2022 Doctoral Degree Recipients

Below is a slideshow of the 2021-2022 doctoral degree recipients. Unfortunately, the formal remarks were not recorded by mistake. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Distinguished Student Speakers

Nishita DsouzaNishita Dsouza Headshot

Graduating PhD Candidate in Community Health and Prevention
Dornsife School of Public Health

Nishita (Nishi) Dsouza is a 4th-year doctoral candidate in Community Health and Prevention at the Dornsife School of Public Health. Nishi is a driven and enthusiastic individual, passionate about promoting livable communities. She has extensive research experience in academic, nonprofit, and public sector settings on projects related to built environment and health, obesity prevention, access to health and social care, implementation science, and behavioral economics. Prior to her doctorate, Nishi served as a Commissioner's Fellow at the Tennessee Department of Health. Nishi completed her Bachelor of Science degree at Georgetown University and her Master of Public Health degree at the Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis. After graduation, Nishi will transition to a postdoctoral fellowship at Columbia University focused on HIV and substance use prevention among populations affected by the criminal justice system. Nishi is highly regarded as a public health researcher and is a well-respected member of the Drexel community.

Latifa Jackson, PhD '14, MSLatifa Jackson Headshot

Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics and Child Health, College of Medicine, Howard University
Director of Bioinformatics, Essex Management, Rockville, Maryland

Dr. Jackson completed her PhD in biomedical science in the School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems at Drexel University. She received her Master’s degree in ecology and evolutionary biology from University of Arizona and Bachelor’s degrees in cell and molecular biology and genetics and French language and literature from the University of Maryland at College Park. Her academic research focuses on the effect of environmental stressors, particularly violence exposure, on immune weathering in African American young adults. In this research, Dr. Jackson uses bioinformatics, functional genomics and evolutionary biology approaches to study genetic patterns that contribute to disease phenotypes within a biological anthropology framework. As the director of a bioinformatic team her work focuses on developing computational systems to underpin large national federal clinical trials to improve human health.

Accommodation Requests

If you have a documented disability and would like to request accommodations, please contact Disability Resources at 215.895.1401 or We greatly appreciate 72 hours of advance notice for these requests.

Relive the 2021 Virtual Doctoral Student Celebration

Download the Slideshow of Degree Recipients [PPT]