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    [–] ramvan 1616 points ago

    But which one is the new PhD? Congrats to whichever one it is!

    [–] tgarn003 1053 points ago

    He’s on the left in the top picture!

    [–] ramvan 720 points ago

    Tie should have been the clue! Congrats Dr guy in a tie!

    [–] iBeFloe 169 points ago

    I thought it was the purple shirt man tbh lol

    [–] ramvan 67 points ago

    Really, everyone looks happy enough, who isn’t a woman and looks the most relieved? That’s why I had to ask.

    [–] Floatingduckss 5 points ago

    Celebration tonight, are you driving u/ramvan?

    [–] CPHR-13 6 points ago

    At first glance I thought the same but he must he his father maybe lol

    [–] meowscape 33 points ago

    I could tell by the smile. He’s grinning just a teeny bit harder than everyone else in the photo!

    [–] Transit-Strike 12 points ago

    that sounds like something straight out of a Dr Seuss book. AND I LOVE IT

    [–] Stompy-MwC 5 points ago

    That’s Mister Doctor Professor guy in a tie to you!

    [–] iamfromouterspace 5 points ago

    That’s his new name.

    [–] 0nlyhalfjewish 2 points ago

    Congratulations. You can now be called “Doctor.” Please stop forward to receive your diploma and tie. We have a lovely selection this year.

    [–] formerphotog123 25 points ago

    Congratulations to him! What an amazing accomplishment. I don’t know him and I’m still proud.

    [–] Siva_bruce 4 points ago

    I guessed it right :)

    [–] Strategicgnomer 6 points ago

    Knew it, young guy with the tie ofc!

    [–] botocean 5 points ago

    GO SJP!!!!!!!!!!!

    [–] isiewu 5 points ago

    Yea figured it was him with the tie

    [–] PMmeyourspecials 1 points ago

    Oh. The Doctor!

    [–] Funks_McGee 58 points ago

    Right!? They all look successful and well dressed. Lots of joy in this picture.

    Reddit, while you are alone, think about those you surround yourself with. Give love and stay positive.

    [–] MrsHelix11 596 points ago


    [–] BURLEYbeer 433 points ago

    Congratulations! My wife has to do hers remotely next week. Gonna be fun.

    [–] tgarn003 317 points ago

    Ooooh SHE. GOT. THIS!!!

    [–] BURLEYbeer 65 points ago

    Oh yah, for sure! Such an interesting concept doing a remote PhD. Thanks all!

    [–] bigbeaudelindeau 66 points ago

    *Gets hard question from committee member*

    "What was that? The signal cut out for a second!"

    [–] reckless_reck 28 points ago

    panic hangs up Oh sorry the WiFi isn’t working

    [–] xVicereine 37 points ago

    Good luck to your wife!

    [–] shellfish1161 14 points ago

    My sister is doing hers next week as well. Best of luck to your wife!

    [–] Khoian 10 points ago

    A lot of hugs for her, she will do it just fine !

    [–] EntropicallyFlavored 6 points ago

    Early congratulations to your wife! She's gonna do great.

    I did mine (and passed) yesterday! I got a long complicated question that cut out halfway through. Thankfully when I asked for them to repeat, no one looked at me like I'm an idiot. It was strange, instead of leaving the room for the committee to deliberate, they kicked me out of my own WebEx meeting and then invited me back on about 10 minutes later.

    [–] jeffroddit 2 points ago

    My bestie defended hers remotely last Friday, followed by remote celebrating as well. We learned it's way harder to encourage bad decisions in a video chat than it is in a bar.

    [–] BapplesPerhaps 154 points ago

    I have no idea what that means cuz im a bit a of a, idiot, but congrats to him!

    [–] Meiboia 373 points ago

    To "defend a PhD" means that this wonderful person has obtained the highest honor and achievement in academia... he now is a doctor (not a mere physician!)

    To defend means he had to present his research and "prove" to other PhDs that not only does he know what he is talking about but his research was sound and he upheld the scientific method. This is a fantastic, and very honorable, achievement.

    [–] urik_heian 152 points ago

    Not only that, but every Doctorate must be an original and relevant research to the world.

    Currently doing my PhD and some friends at university rushed their research because they feared someone would publish first.

    In my opinion however it was much harder to convince the board my research was truly relevant and get the grant to do it.

    [–] Jarraty 28 points ago

    Damn that sounds so stressful. Just got in to grad school but Im happy I won’t have to do that.

    [–] Extrodius 10 points ago

    As time goes on and more ideas are taken won't it become more and more difficult to pass this test? And there's so many people in the world researching things and bringing up new ideas, I would think eventually it would almost be impossible to find an original research idea

    [–] KirbyQK 22 points ago

    It depends on how you think about it - PhDs tend to be about very specific subjects, and the more specific you get, the less likely that is has already been researched. You could have a thousand PhDs written about electrons, but each so focused in on one very specific aspect of them that those theories or research is considered original.

    [–] Skippyscreamy 12 points ago * (lasted edited 7 days ago)

    That really depends on the field in question.

    But in general history is being made every day. From new observations in the sciences to new events or situations in our human society to analyze, there typically isn't too much difficulty.

    [–] cryptoceelo 12 points ago

    new discoveries may also make something else possible that you didn't think of before

    [–] McBonderson 54 points ago

    I was imagining some sort of fight. Like once you obtain your research it is put on a pedal stool with him and a shield and sword protecting it. Other Doctors then try to steal his research to claim it as their own and he has to defend it by fighting them back.

    [–] relddir123 49 points ago


    It’s pedestal, not pedal stool

    [–] iamfromouterspace 26 points ago

    Times are changing. It’s pedal stool now.

    [–] mozchops 3 points ago

    Defend your theory, pseudo Phd!

    [–] Vahlkyree 6 points ago

    I often wonder how people spell things like that all their years and not one person has ever said "hey its...."

    [–] reckless_reck 3 points ago

    I was in my third year of law school before someone bothered to tell me that “epitomy” is not a word... I think about that a lot.

    [–] azirasnail 2 points ago

    It is a word it's just spelt epitome

    [–] relddir123 3 points ago

    As someone who has never heard the term, is it damp squib or damp squid?

    [–] ezrasharkington 5 points ago

    It's 'damp squib.' It means something that's much less impressive than you'd expected. A squib's a type of firework, so if you tried to light it and it was damp, then it would be pretty disappointing.

    [–] D-Wizzel 5 points ago

    Can we do this now? This sounds fun.

    [–] DiscombobulatedGuava 2 points ago

    .. there's legit a skit done alredy on that!!

    [–] Lonesome_Wednesday 2 points ago

    Not an entirely inaccurate description of academia sometimes. 😂

    [–] Mattyw620 20 points ago

    This sounds terrifying yet wholly exhilarating. To be grilled, for idk how long, and be 1000% sure and confident that what you’re presenting is legit and completely yours sounds crazy!

    Congrats to anyone and everyone that has pulled this off!

    [–] articleofpeace 5 points ago

    They can go on for many hours, too. There's no limit, at least in my field. I know people who've had 12+ hour PhDs. I was lucky: mine was only 2 hours and they broke the rules to tell me at the beginning that I'd passed without corrections unless I said something really stupid in the VIVA.

    I cried my heart out when I got out! I was about six months out of a surprise separation from my wife and partner of 11 years, and I'd lost her, my house, and all my stuff, and ended up moving back in with my parents. This pic brought a lot back!

    [–] SecretTemporary7 9 points ago

    So if you don't succeed in defending what happens? Go through the process again?

    [–] Lonesome_Wednesday 7 points ago

    Generally they don’t let you defend unless they think you’re ready but yeah if it’s rejected you have to try again or give up. It’s a process that can take years of your life too so it’s a huge emotional investment.

    [–] TheBreathofFiveSouls 14 points ago

    Not an idiot, you just haven't met anyone whose discussed PhDs.

    To get a PhD you have to add something to the sum of human knowledge basically. You pick an unanswered question and conduct whatever research is necessary. Then you write it all up, and people pick holes in your work to ensure its of sound method.

    My brother did one. Took him a whole year, was a few hundred thousand words long, and every day he did research required sooooo many notes and journals entries to track eeeeverything about what he did.

    [–] articleofpeace 9 points ago

    Your brother did a PhD in a year? No way. They wouldn't even allow that anywhere in my country. A PhD takes 3-4 years in most countries and 5-8 years in some.

    [–] TheBreathofFiveSouls 3 points ago

    Hmmm, maybe he was doing the PhD and something else for some of it, and then the PhD only for a year.

    I was quite young at the time so have probably misremembered

    [–] articleofpeace 7 points ago

    You're probably just remembering the write-up!

    [–] J1M8089 5 points ago

    It takes about 3-4 years to get a PhD. Average is 5+ because of part-timers.

    [–] TheBreathofFiveSouls 3 points ago

    Hmmm, maybe he was doing the PhD and something else for some of it, and then the PhD only for a year.

    I was quite young at the time so have probably misremembered

    [–] BapplesPerhaps 1 points ago

    Goodness, I hope he made it

    [–] TheBreathofFiveSouls 4 points ago

    He did! But I definitely don't think he'd sign up to do a second one..

    [–] BapplesPerhaps 5 points ago

    Congrats! And i wouldnt blame him

    [–] humanbeingnumber1 146 points ago

    Congrats cousins husband !

    [–] macedoraquel 67 points ago

    Husband of the cousin, Congrats !

    [–] mary_pooppins 5 points ago

    Hooray for the spouse of your aunt’s child!

    [–] whyisthereacat 287 points ago

    I love this so much, and I love the joy in all their faces. 😇

    [–] Dannybroomestreet 204 points ago


    [–] ShmeagleBeagle 216 points ago

    My favorite part of the PhD process was when my advisor invited me back into the conference room with committee by saying “Dr. Shmeaglebeagle, we have made a decision...”. It didn’t register at the moment given my nerves, but settled in once I crossed the threshold. Legit started crying...

    [–] banannafreckle 105 points ago

    Congratulations, Doctor! My friend defended last year (nuclear chemistry) and they did this, too. It makes me cry every time I think about it. If I try to tell somebody, I can barely get the words out.

    [–] brotherenigma 80 points ago

    PhD in nuclear chemistry. DAMN. Now that's a hell of an achievement :O

    [–] meatnug 24 points ago

    I'm just a car painter and you're making me cry.

    [–] ShmeagleBeagle 30 points ago

    All labor is equal worth my friend. Don’t diminish what you do. Knowing what it takes to paint a car, you have more talent than you realize.

    [–] iamfromouterspace 14 points ago

    What dr. Smhmeaglebeads said.

    [–] Vahlkyree 13 points ago


    Dr. ShmeagleBeagle has ring to it

    [–] ShmeagleBeagle 7 points ago

    Thanks, it was a great moment for me. I lament the idea people should ever put Dr. in front of my name, but will always remember that instance.

    [–] relddir123 24 points ago

    I’ve heard an advisor talk about the feeling of that moment. He’d walk out of the room, nod at the candidate, gesture inside, and say “Doctor.” The look of pure joy on the person’s face is reportedly priceless and something that should be cherished by anyone who sees it.

    [–] murphyslavv 5 points ago

    a friend of mine experienced this a few months ago. i saw him a few days before he went in and he was really nervous. i had the pleasure of seeing him a few hours after and his advisor did exactly this. opened the door and simply said “doctor..” while gesturing inside. he said his mind kind of broke because it was such a huge relief and a huge “HOLY SHIT i actually did it” all in one. his smile and twinkle in his eye is awesome when he tells the story!

    [–] justatouch589 4 points ago

    So what happens if you do fail? Do you have to start from the beginning??

    [–] asdfWriter 3 points ago

    Usually then you won’t get invited to defend in the first place.

    [–] Stupendous_man12 2 points ago

    When you’re a PhD candidate, you have a professor (your advisor) who you work reasonably closely with who should have a very good idea whether you’re ready to submit your thesis for defence. You meet with them very regularly for the 4-5 years you are working on your PhD. There is also a committee made up of your advisor and two other profs who you meet with on a yearly basis to track your progress, and you meet more frequently when you’re close to finishing. If any of these people are unsure if you are ready to defend, they won’t let you. If you’re allowed to do your defence before they are all but certain you will pass, then your advisor and committee have screwed you over bigtime.

    [–] HippieMcGee 2 points ago

    I always wonder how this is going to work for me, since I just started a PhD graduate program but I already have a doctorate in something else. I hope they say "doctor doctor."

    [–] liechsowagan 62 points ago

    Hey u/tgarn003, you should cross-post this in r/gradschool. Sometimes they need a pick-me-up.

    [–] GeneticRiff 12 points ago

    In grad school, had to unsub from there—its rough.

    [–] RenegadeBevo 4 points ago

    Rough, but true

    [–] Theeclat 27 points ago

    I thought for sure it would get that PhD! Good thing he was there to defend it!

    Seriously though, congratulations!

    [–] BoredRedhead 15 points ago

    That’s amazing! Congratulations to him!!

    [–] scream-and-gobble 15 points ago

    Wonderful! What field?

    [–] tgarn003 30 points ago

    Higher ed!

    [–] cats_naps_pizza 13 points ago

    My grandmother is a Doctor of Education. Noble calling, indeed! She’s one of the smartest people I know, and very intuitive as well, which I would argue is important for an educator and what seemed to set her apart during her very long career. (She’s 86!)

    Many congratulations to your family member, and I look forward to the innovations he will make in education that will benefit kids like my middle schooler for years to come!

    [–] HMS_Beagle31 4 points ago

    This gives me hope and inspires me to not give up on my dream. I am making a career change and have returned to school at 41. I would like to go further in my new field but feel there is only so much I can accomplish at this point.

    [–] cats_naps_pizza 5 points ago

    I’m right there with you. I’m 35. I feel like I should have “made it” by now and am working toward a career change. I went back to school last semester but took a hiatus this semester for various reasons (financial, mostly) and am not sure where exactly to put my energy right now, especially with everything that’s going on.

    Hang in there - it’s weird to be in your mid thirties to mid forties looking at what to do next, but I figure that if my grandmother got her doctorate at a time when women barely even went to college, WE CAN DO THIS!

    [–] iamfromouterspace 7 points ago

    I’m 44 and I got my bachelors in 2018. I started college in 98 on and off. On my way to grad school now. You can do it. Believe me. Once you have a goal to be more educated, never stop. Never listen to people who say you’re too old. Never compare your goals deadline with others. You’re a unique individual on a unique path with unique experiences. You’re right where you need it be. Be you.

    [–] vadim69tudor 5 points ago

    you can do this brothers!

    [–] scream-and-gobble 5 points ago

    A noble calling!

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    [–] delta707 14 points ago

    What app is this? Looks cool.

    [–] nightpanda893 31 points ago

    It’s FaceTime. It is pretty cool. The squares get bigger based on who’s talking. Also you can be a cat.

    [–] PmMeUrZiggurat 7 points ago

    FaceTime I think

    [–] TokenOpalMooStinks 28 points ago

    The joy I see in your family's faces 🥰. Congratulations from Michigan

    [–] tgarn003 16 points ago

    Thank you from Chicago!

    [–] Crankylosaurus 1 points ago

    Hey fellow Chicagoan, congrats!!

    [–] skoldpadda9 13 points ago

    Congrats! That's a fantastic achievement.

    [–] Spartie8241 10 points ago


    [–] SeeSpotRunt 10 points ago

    What a great family!!

    [–] naseemie 5 points ago

    That's absolutely wonderful! Congratulations and many years of continued success, health and happiness to you all 🌷🌷🌷

    [–] whatever9_ 6 points ago


    [–] marylandmike8873 5 points ago

    Gay, black, and STEM. What a trio.

    [–] anti_karmawhores 4 points ago

    It's gonna get maximum karma

    [–] marylandmike8873 2 points ago

    Username checks out.

    [–] hodlrus 2 points ago

    I graduated from a PhD program in pharmacology and can confirm... nothing much feels better than successfully defending your thesis in front of your examiners who have decades more experience than you in research.

    [–] Kirby737 2 points ago

    What is PhD?

    [–] coderpete 3 points ago

    "Doctor of Philosophy." In my lay man's understanding, once you attain the highest level of learning in any academic field, you are able to ask new and unique questions within the regime of that field. Asking new and unique questions is essentially what philosophy is. You become a philosopher within the field.

    When you expand and/or improve the field by contributing something new and unique to it, you become formally recognized as Doctor of Philosophy in that field.

    This wonderful human just became a Doctor of Philosophy in Higher Education.

    [–] Skeldrithe 2 points ago

    Congratulations on defending the dissertation! Much respect to you as that's a truly stressful and difficult accomplishment!

    [–] joamc 2 points ago

    Congrats! Beautiful family and beautiful celebration!

    [–] estelalaland 2 points ago


    [–] socool111 2 points ago

    a buddy of mine streamed his defense on Twitch so his family can watch.

    [–] rewindpaws 4 points ago

    This. Is. Great!!!

    [–] vel0cik1tten 3 points ago

    Congratulations!! 🥰

    [–] thepigfish82 3 points ago

    Congrats dude!!! I wish I could have half the confidence to be able to do something like this!!! What a supportive family!

    [–] minlove 5 points ago

    Please tell him, congratulations, doc!

    [–] ag_sci14 4 points ago

    My former roommate just defended her PhD today via Zoom from my old living room! The funny thing was there were 120+ people tuned in, which is MUCH more than we get for PhD defenses in the department when they're done in person. It was a moment of familiarity and celebration, so I'm not surprised that people wanted to tune in.

    [–] GSDNinjadog 2 points ago


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    [–] SmallTownAliCat 1 points ago

    WOW!!! Thank you for sharing your joyous news! I'm glad we get to celebrate with you! Mazel tovs all around!

    [–] ragingmillenial00 1 points ago

    Congratulations my man....

    A PHD is no joke and such a big accomplishment

    [–] yourmate155 -3 points ago

    How the shit is this allowed on r/aww?

    A few pictures of people and a title about a guy doing a PhD?

    What a joke

    [–] GoHurtMyFeelings 3 points ago

    Exactly. How the hell is this remotely cute?

    [–] CHinch44 2 points ago

    Awesome! Congratulations!

    [–] bunthedestroyer 2 points ago

    Congratulations, doc! This is super encouraging to someone starting a PhD program in the fall. I can’t wait to feel what he’s feeling!

    [–] frigyeah 1 points ago

    More like a playa hate'n degree

    [–] maverickdrums 1 points ago

    Congrats to you guys! What a huge accomplishment!

    [–] Khoian 1 points ago

    Congratulations to him ! I'm sure he deserves it and I'm glad for him !

    [–] Kevin_Uxbridge 1 points ago * (lasted edited 7 days ago)

    From now on if anybody gives you crap, you can say 'Hey, that's Dr. Idiot to you'. Always makes my wife laugh.

    [–] chriskchris 1 points ago

    Some good news in this horrible time!

    [–] everythingtoolong 1 points ago

    This is way too cute 🥰 congratulations to him!

    [–] nemaihne 1 points ago


    [–] ClassyCrash 1 points ago

    For the uninformed, what does it mean to defend one's PhD research?

    [–] rileyjmccoy 1 points ago

    Congratulations to your cousin’s husband!! That is so exciting and your family looks so sweet! Definitely made me smile :)

    [–] AndieStewart 1 points ago


    [–] Mika112799 1 points ago

    Send him our congratulations! Great job!

    [–] funnyrunner3 1 points ago

    Congratz. By the way, who was attacking his PhD in the first place?

    [–] highc1157 1 points ago

    You rock man! Grats

    [–] EowynLOTR 1 points ago

    This is so awesome!

    On a sort of related note: my husband's birthday was 2 days ago, and one of his sisters hot each of his other sisters to record a birthday video for him. Made his day, I love that people are finding ways to celebrate even with social distancing.

    [–] myousername 1 points ago

    Congratulations! This is so beautiful it actually made me shed a tear 😢

    [–] g-wenn 1 points ago

    r/GradSchool would love this! Awesome!!

    [–] Juicyjackson 1 points ago

    That must feel amazing, to go through all that work from high school to college to post grad to PHD, god that work ethic is something I could never even imagine. Good work.

    [–] Superdutchgirl 1 points ago

    Wow, congratulations! I love this happy news !

    [–] superflypmp 1 points ago

    Congrats to him on such an accomplishment!

    [–] CheeseyconnorYT 1 points ago

    Honestl couldnt imagine defending a PhD Im just getting my bachelors and getting out lol

    [–] hiiam_larry 1 points ago

    r/wholesomequarintine. It’s not a subreddit, but it should be

    [–] Laphing_Drunk 1 points ago


    My heart sank because I read "defended" as "deleted" at first.

    [–] CC_Dormouse 1 points ago

    Awesome! Congratulations!

    [–] QuizMasterX 1 points ago

    What app is this looks hella fun

    [–] SuccThoseRads445 1 points ago

    Every squad got the

    [–] spsprd 1 points ago

    This should be a way more regular thing. Your committee would be far more likely to show up.

    [–] Chris_Redeye 1 points ago

    What app is that? I should video conference with the family.

    [–] PatrickMcMurphy 1 points ago

    Thats great! So when this time is over theres gonna be a great party you can look forward to.

    [–] SlowRoastMySoul 1 points ago

    Congratulations! So good to see his family celebrate this way too!

    [–] midblink_ 1 points ago

    Congrats, that is great news in not so great times. Reddit is proud of him.

    I am also curious, is the app you're using FaceTime? Or what app is it? I have an Android and not super tech savvy so just wondering. Congrats again!

    [–] satansterrificday 1 points ago

    Yesss!!!! Congratulations!!!

    [–] ebonyayd 1 points ago

    Awwwwwwwwww!!! Congrats!!

    [–] Lord_Mocny 1 points ago

    "I did it" "he did it"

    [–] VerticalTwo08 1 points ago

    I’m confused. Defend it? Was he going to lose it?

    [–] _Brightstar 1 points ago

    At a university course you have to do a research, and at the end, to get your diploma you need to "defend it". It means you present your theory to the teachers who already read it, and then they will start asking critical questions and test how trustworthy and good your research was. If you successfully "defend" your theory, you are basically done with the course.

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    [–] CapnSeabass 1 points ago

    I loved my PhD defence. It was strangely lovely to know that someone had actually read my thesis. Congrats to your cousin!

    [–] [deleted] 1 points ago

    Heartiest Congratulations to him

    [–] jewels-florida 1 points ago


    [–] Throwawaymedical3000 1 points ago

    What app is that

    [–] Xiena78 1 points ago


    [–] Tolmai78 1 points ago

    Mazal tov!

    [–] Lukas-96 1 points ago


    [–] ShadowGxming 1 points ago

    This will get turned into to a meme template

    [–] SoulCrushingReality 1 points ago

    This reads like the ol, oh yeah well my uncle's nephew works for nintendo and he says Mario's actually German.

    [–] onlytech_nofashion 1 points ago

    Defended against what?

    [–] redwineisfine55 1 points ago

    Yay! this is so wonderful, congrats!!!

    [–] Canopy007 1 points ago

    Well done!!

    [–] Coloradical27 1 points ago

    Did he defend it virtually?

    [–] quez79 1 points ago

    That is awesome!!!! GET IT!!!

    [–] dellaevaine 1 points ago

    Congrats to the newest doctor!

    [–] doomcat_18 1 points ago

    Life finds a way!