The NC State College of Education recognized 346 graduating students during its Spring 2018 Graduation Ceremony Friday, May 11, in Reynolds Coliseum. Below is a recap of the ceremony.
Number of Graduates: 346 Total (99 bachelor’s, 211 master’s and 36 doctoral degrees)
Of Note: The NC State College of Education ceremony was the first on-campus graduation ceremony — in historic Reynolds Coliseum — in several years. It was also the first time in several years that the college recognized both undergraduate and graduate students during the same May ceremony. And the graduation served as a capstone event for a months-long celebration of 90 Years of NC State Education.
Also of Note: Ari Shapiro, host of NPR’s All Things Considered, was in Poe Hall Wednesday, May 8, to speak with two graduating students — Cristina Chase Lane ’18 and WinnieHope Mamboleo ’18 — about why they have chosen to become teachers. Lane also delivered the Charge to the Undergraduate Students, and NPR asked the college to provide an audio recording of her speech to potentially include a clip in its story airing as early as Monday featuring Lane and Mamboleo.
Charge to the Graduate Students Speaker: Taylor Sprague ’18 MED, a master’s of education in higher education administration graduate
What Taylor Said: “Even as you face discomfort and fear, I challenge you to show up with undying courage to foster spaces where all students can develop into leaders with passion, integrity, and dedication to build a better world. . . . Embrace that fear. Use it to fuel your journey towards a more just, equitable, and inclusive society. Recognize that fear is there simply to remind us that we are, indeed, alive, and that we are capable of making a change.”
What Taylor Also Said: ‘As the late Tupac Shakur once said: ‘Every time I speak, I want the truth to come out. Every time I speak, I want to shiver. I’m not saying I’m gonna rule the world, or I’m gonna change the world. But I guarantee I’ll spark the brain that will change the world.’ “My hope for you is that you have moments that make you shiver.”
Charge to the Undergraduate Students Speaker: Cristina Chase Lane ’18, a bachelor’s in elementary education graduate who will teach third grade
What Chase Said: “By shining a positive light on the diversity found throughout our world, future students will be taught to embrace differences, whether in opinions or appearances. That’s what part of the education program is all about here at NC State: welcoming and accepting all walks of life.”
What Chase Also Said: “We, as future educators, have the unique opportunity to help shape the minds of today and tomorrow’s youth in a way that will help form a more inclusive world.”
What Dean Mary Ann Danowitz Said: “To the Class of 2018, you have certainly chosen a profession that is not easy. But there is also no more rewarding profession, and there is no profession that gives you more of an opportunity or places higher expectations to impact so many lives. You have chosen well, and you are poised to build a better world for children and families across North Carolina and beyond.”
What the Dean Also Said: “I urge you to remain a steadfast advocate of the rights, needs and opportunities for your students, particularly those who are marginalized or living in poverty. We know painfully well that, for many children and families, we are their last best hope for a better tomorrow. So do use your passion, commitment and care, and the knowledge and skills you’ve gained here, to improve the life of every student, client, colleague or community member you interact with.”
The Dean’s Last Words: “In the words of Taylor Sprague and Cristina Chase Lane: Go, remember your why and live out moments that make you shiver. Congratulations, and Go Pack!”
Check Presentation: On behalf of the Class of 2018, two graduate students presented Dean Mary Ann Danowitz with a check for $5,828, which is the amount that graduating students gave to the college throughout the academic year to support students and programs.
Special Recognitions: The college recognized over 100 students who are members of cohorts and honor societies, who completed enrichment and honors programs, and who received honors and awards, including those who were involved in the Goodnight Scholars, University Scholars, Passport for Success, Students Advocating for Youth, Kappa Delta Pi, Epsilon Pi Tau (The Technology Education Honors Society), and part of the New Literacies and Global Learning cohort.
Sixty-six graduates were also recognized for being fellows of the college’s principal preparation programs: Durham Principal Leadership Academy, North Carolina Leadership Academy, North Carolina Principal Fellows, and Northeast Leadership Academy.
In addition, the college presented 17 awards from the Education Council and departments, as well as honored 11 valedictorians. Those honorees are listed below.
- Sara Elizabeth Bowen
- Daniel Roberts Bridges
- Paige LeAnn Christianson
- Rebecca Michelle Cohen
- Madeleine Renee Eriksson
- Ashley B. Holland
- Audrey S. Moore
- Kathryn Drake Moore
- Elise Maria Saenger-Heyl
- Hannah Joy Smith
- Madison Elizabeth Weidner
Education Council Outstanding Senior Awards
- Elementary Education: Audrey Moore
- Middle Grades English Language Arts and Social Studies Academic Achievement Award: Julia Hnatt
- Mathematics Education (High School): Connor Roebuck
- Mathematics Education (Middle School): Morgan Gilberti
- Science Education (High School): Anna-Claire Bousquet
- Science Education (Middle School): Helena Herndon
- Outstanding Senior in Technology, Engineering and Design Education: Beau Gardner
Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education (STEM)
- Epsilon Pi Tau Leadership Award: Daniel Bates
- Robert H. Hammond Outstanding Student Achievement in Graphic Communication Minor Award: Anirudh Bhateja
- Garland Kermit Hilliard Outstanding Student Achievement in Technology Engineering,
- and Design Education: Daniel Bridges
- Dr. John Park Memorial, Outstanding Senior Award in Science Education Middle School: Armando Salazar-Cardozo
- Dr. John Park Memorial, Outstanding Senior Award in Science Education High School: Amy Finn
- Outstanding Service Award in Technology Education: William Holler, Apex Friendship High School
- Dr. John Park Memorial, Outstanding Service Award in Science Education: Evelyn Baldwin, Wake STEM Early College High School
- Eileen Williams Service Award in Mathematics Education: Sonia Dupree, Wake County Public School System
Teacher Education and Learning Sciences
- Middle Grades English Language Arts and Social Studies John Arnold Award: Samantha Linnell
- Middle Grades English Language Arts and Social Studies Pat Dalton Award: Eve Sherman
- Dr. Jimmy Scherrer Outstanding Senior Service Award: Cristina Chase Lane