NC State College of Education to Graduate 157 Students Thursday, Dec. 19

Graduation student speakers Greg Cheney and Walaa Sarsour

Graduation student speakers Greg Cheney and Walaa Sarsour.

RALEIGH, N.C. — The NC State College of Education will celebrate the graduation of 157 students during its December 2019 Graduation Ceremony Thursday, Dec. 19, at 1:30 p.m. in the McKimmon Conference and Training Center. The ceremony will be held in Room 2, and a reception will follow the ceremony in Room 8. Graduating students Greg Cheney ’19PHD and Walaa Sarsour ’19 will deliver the keynote addresses.

Cheney — who will deliver the Charge to the Graduate Students — is receiving his Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Leadership, Policy, and Human Development with a focus on counselor education. He has served as an Army Chaplain for the past 16 years and is a licensed marriage and family therapist. He trains chaplains on how to integrate pastoral and clinical counseling, and he assists civilian counselors with strategies for working with combat veterans.

Sarsour — who will deliver the Charge to the Undergraduate Students — is receiving her Bachelor of Science in Mathematics Education. While at NC State, she was the recipient of the Colonel Rodman and Marvin B. Smith scholarships. She also has been involved in numerous youth and community support programs, including helping incoming refugees in language acquisition and skill-building through The Islamic Association of Raleigh. After graduation, she will join the Wake County Public School System as a middle school mathematics teacher.

Across its three academic departments, the college will award 20 bachelor’s, 103 master’s and 34 doctoral degrees Dec. 19. Including its May 2019 graduation, the college will have awarded 485 new degrees over the past year.

For those who cannot attend Thursday’s graduation, the ceremony will be livestreamed here: