School of Engineering celebrates its students at annual hard hat ceremony

A female student smiles with a gold hard hat on her head.


he School of Engineering celebrated its students in a very vivid way Friday afternoon — bringing together its community in an annual event affectionally known the hard hat ceremony.

The beloved tradition, more formally known as the sixth annual recognition ceremony, culminated with the presentation of hard hats to each second-year student and stickers to each third- and fourth-year student denoting their accomplishments.

School of Engineering Dean Justin Kile began the ceremony by reminding students why this day is important to the school.


“This event is the embodiment of that team spirit as we all come together to celebrate,” emphasized Kile. “Remember, during Welcome Weekend, I told you two things: Getting a degree from the School of Engineering isn’t easy and that you’re about to become a part of a team. You’re making progress in a challenging program — and that’s something to be recognized.”


Students wear their hard hats and scarves at the hockey game.

Golden celebration

Following the hard hat ceremony, many of the students celebrated as Quinnipiac defeated No. 1 Cornell in men's ice hockey.



“Hard hat day happened at the end of my first week here at Quinnipiac and I got a hat,” said Bau. “And I instantly knew I was a part of the family and a part of #BobcatNation.”

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The School of Engineering is held to the highest standards with the mechanical, civil, industrial and software engineering programs being accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET. The 99% placement rate is also a testament to the strong foundation of success the school has.

“This is a great event because it brings everyone together,” said Alex Petrarca ’21, a mechanical engineering major. “It’s a very close-knit school; you spend a lot of time with each other so it’s nice to be able to come together to have that recognition for each other and to celebrate one another.”

Student tips his hard hat.

Alex Petrarca '21