Saturday, May 9, 2009

Friday, May 8, 2009 - A Great Day!


Me in the University of Minnesota doctoral cap and gown, on the steps of the Northrop Auditorium

The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) hood

The Northrop Mall before the ceremony

Molly sneaked down and got a pic after the awarding of the degrees

Me and Clara (who, of course, was so good the whole day... and so excited!)

Molly, Clara, and me

Me and my parents

A classic shot by the Northrop columns


Rachel said...


It may be just me, but Molly and your mom look alike.

Molly Koop said...

Well, they say a man marries his mother! :) If I'm looking as good as her when I'm a grandma, I'll be more than content! :)

John Curran said...

I was already thinking: your mom is hot! And I mean that in the nicest way...

I am very proud of your accomplishment, bravo!

Brendan Koop said...

I don't even know how to respond to that :-|

Brendan Koop said...

...the first part I mean. As far as the second part, thanks!

Anonymous said...

I'm so proud of you Dr. Koop! Congrats on such a great accomplishment. I guess I wasn't aware that your doctorate was in, it has been a while since I've seen you guys.

Erin Snyder

Brendan Koop said...

Thanks! Oh, the "Doctor of Philosophy" hood regards those who have received a Ph.D. (that's what the letters stand for). I believe it goes back a few centuries, where the term "philosophy" included studies of science and other subject areas. I think St. Thomas Acquinas actually refers to science as "philosophy" in the Summa. Anyway, no I definitely did not major in Philosophy (though that is an interest of mine). That would be quite a switch! I majored in Mechanical Engineering. :-)

Sarah said...

Congrats once again! We had a great time celebrating with you and Molly this weekend!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the clarification Brendan. I'm glad I finally know what that "Ph" stands for. I knew that you had worked so hard for so long on your engineering and that's why I thought the philosophy seemed so strange...perhaps that's what you can do with all of your free time! (Just kidding Molly...)