Among those honored, left to right: Katie Rosenblatt, Austin McCoy, Nicole Greer Golda, Edgar Taylor, Jeremy Ledger, Tasha Rijke-Epstein, Joseph Ho, Tiggy McLaughlin. (Photo: Roger Hart, Michigan Photography)

On April 28, 2017, the Department of History held its annual PhD Commencement Ceremony. Eight students from the class of 2016-17 and their families and friends celebrated their new doctorates in History, Anthropology and History, History and Women’s Studies, and the Interdepartmental Program in Greek and Roman History.

History chair Kathleen Canning offered welcome remarks, and Professor Rita Chin announced the 2017 Arthur Fondiler Dissertation Prize, which was awarded to Austin McCoy for his work, "No Radical Hangover: Progressive Economic Responses to Economic Crisis in the Midwest, 1967-1989." McCoy's dissertation was also honored with Rackham Graduate School's ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award, one of ten offered university wide in 2017.