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Doctoral Silver Dollar

It has been said that in the 15th and 16th centuries, graduate students would proceed through local towns giving lectures. To reward them, townspeople would toss coins into their hoods.

Continuing this tradition, the University of Vermont has invited the dissertation advisor of each doctoral degree recipient to toss a 2010 commemorative mint silver dollar into the hood of their student’s regalia. This coin is to symbolize the university’s recognition of the doctoral student’s long journey and hard work to achieve this high academic rank and their appreciation for the many contributions they have made to the University of Vermont campus community.

Last modified April 29 2010 03:14 PM

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