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Doctoral Student Celebration

Honoring Doctoral Degree Recipients

To honor the achievements of doctoral degree recipients (DBA, DCFT, DHSc, DPT, DNP, DrPH, EdD, PhD), the Graduate College welcomes doctoral degree recipients from the current Academic Year, faculty and professional staff to attend a reception in June prior to the annual Commencement ceremonies.*

*Please Note: Doctoral hooding takes place at the individual College and School ceremonies. Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Class of 2020 graduates will be invited to attend Commencement 2021, including the individual College and School ceremonies. For the latest updates, including a list of virtual ceremonies, please visit the Commencement website.

2020 Virtual Doctoral Student Celebration

Tuesday, June 9, 2020
6:00 p.m. EDT
Virtually via Zoom

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2020 Distinguished Student Speakers

Rasheda LikelyRasheda Likely Headshot

Graduating PhD Candidate in Educational Leadership and Learning Technologies, with a concentration in STEM Education
School of Education

Rasheda Likely is a native of Pensacola, FL. She earned both her Bachelors and Masters of Science in Biology from the University of North Florida. Prior to her doctoral studies at Drexel University, she worked as a medical scientist for the Florida Department of Health where she performed testing during the Zika virus outbreak. While attending Drexel, she has been pivotal in the development and implementation of seven different science curricula across the Greater Philadelphia Area. Over 400 elementary and middle school students have participated in these science programs, two of which were grant funded by the US Department of Education.

Her research passions include developing decolonized science curricula and culturally sustaining assessments. She recently defended her dissertation research titled "Lotions and Potions: Exploring Black Girls' Engagement in and Perceptions of Science Practices through Hair Care". Dr. Likely takes great delight in imagining and creating learning experiences that reflect the brilliance of minoritized students. She is proud to be part of the  School of Education's graduating doctoral class of 2020.

Guillermo Ibarrola RecaldeGuillermo Ibarrola Recalde

Vice President for Academic Affairs of the 2019-2020 Executive Board of the Graduate Student Association
Graduating PhD Student in STEM Education
School of Education

Guillermo is originally from Asuncion, Paraguay but was raised in NYC since he was 11. He received both a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts from Queens College of the City University of New York. During his tenure at Queens College, Guillermo was hired as an adjunct lecturer for a diverse range of introductory chemistry courses. It was then when his passion for teaching sparked his interest in the field of Science Education. In September 2016, he entered the PhD Program in Chemistry at Drexel University, focusing his research in Chemical Education under the guidance of Dr. Daniel B. King. During his tenure at Drexel University, Guillermo was awarded with both the 2018 College of Arts and Sciences Teaching Assistant Excellence Award and the 2018 Drexel University Teaching Assistant Excellence Award. In the fall of 2018, he transferred to the PhD Program in STEM Education and is currently working under the co-supervision of Dr. Toni Sondergeld and Dr. Daniel King. Guillermo brings the two disciplines together, Chemistry and STEM Education, in his research on active learning practices applied to the college chemistry classroom. His hobbies include traveling, photography and playing with his dog Skittles.

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