Hood Dinking Ceremony

Sofia Younus, of Frederick, gets her dink at the Hood College convocation.

On Sunday, the Hood College Class of 2026 was officially “dinked.” Coffman Chapel was littered with the bright yellow beanies and filled with cheers, while an organ played a joyous tune.

The college welcomed its new students — a total of 376, including freshmen and transfers — in the chapel and had them undergo the decades-long tradition of receiving their “dinks,” or striped, brightly colored beanies, which are symbolic of each class.

Hood Dinking Ceremony

Freshmen and new incoming students at Hood College wear their dinks at the convocation Sunday afternoon.

Hood Dinking Ceremony

Drew Ferrier, Ph.D, left, carries the mace and leads Hood College President Andrea Chapdelaine during the procession for the Hood College Convocation Sunday afternoon. Freshman and new upper classmen wear their dinks, which is part of the schools tradition since 1951.

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It would be nice if the article included where and why the traditional started. Depending on the origin it would be interesting why it's still around.

Boyce Rensberger

The reporter let some students get away with thinking this was "unique" to Hood and that this practice sets Hood apart from other colleges.

Boyce Rensberger

Drinks are not unique to Hood. When I entered the University of Miami as a freshman in 1960, we were given dinks. I thought the name silly, and never wore mine.


When I entered college in 1959 at a land grant college freshmen were pretty much under the control of the ROTC. We were all required to be in the ROTC for at least 2 years. So, we got a beanie and were required to wear it. We had to write our name on the upturned bill in big letters. We also were marched into the barber shop to get a very, very short haircut. None of this really bothered me. I found the short hair cut to be kind of amusing.


It looks like the hat Spanky wore in the Little Rascals.


Don't know about you, but I'm Triggered.


Excellent article, though maybe best to call them beenies in the future.

Greg F



Why would the chapel be “littered” with these beanies? Were people throwing them around carelessly?


I thought Dink was a derogatory term for Vietnamese or Chinese persons

Greg F

Either way, it's kinda a word also associated with other areas that most certainly can be taken the wrong way. But here's what a quick search says about it that makes me think that Hood needs to come up with a different word: dink 3. [ dingk ] SHOW IPA. / dɪŋk / PHONETIC RESPELLING. noun Slang: Extremely Disparaging and Offensive. a contemptuous term used to refer to a Southeast Asian, especially a Vietnamese.


It’s an old term that is a shortening of the word “dinky”, meaning small. Freshmen wearing dinkies used to be a common form of mild hazing at many colleges.

Greg F

We get it, but we’ve also ditched lots of other words that can be misconstrued that are derogatory to others. Guess The xtian leaders just like dinks.

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