Yesterday was a very special day at the American Museum of Natural History. Set dramatically under the great Blue Whale in the Hall of Ocean Life, four more students were hooded and celebrated for completing their Ph.D. in Compative Biology from the Museum's Richard Gilder Graduate School. Being a small program, with just four or five students admitted per year, these students become part of our daily lives. I had the pleasure of teaching these graduates in my elective courses, advising them when I coordinated the Museum's seminar series, working with them in the lab, and, over the course of their four years in the program, watching their research unfold and flourish. Congratualtions to Drs. Phil Barden, André de Carvalho, Eugenia Gold, and Carly Tribull. Great things await!