Commencement: 2013

Commencement activities drew to a close on a beautiful day in Pleasantville on May 17.  All week, we celebrated our candidates for their academic and professional excellence with friends and family on two campuses.

In New York, we welcomed more than 100 students and honored guests for a pre-commencement awards reception on the evening of May 14. Candidates gathered had several things in common, said New York City Department Chair Brian Evans. “A desire to make a difference, create caring communities and foster a love of learning.” He advised our graduates to be persistent, listen to students and commit to self-efficacy. Commencement activities followed on May 15 in the historic Radio City Music Hall. Dr. Evans was the grand marshal at the graduate ceremony on the evening of May 15.

Pleasantville activities centered on a pre-commencement reception the evening of May 16. Candidates, family and friends gathered to celebrate our graduates, and were treated to a video look-back at this past academic year. More than 150 people gathered for a light reception following the awards.

"As you advance into the field, commit to be ever a learner yourself," offered Dean Spencer to the gathered graduate and undergraduate candidates.

Notably, our students received awards not only for achievements in the School of Education, but were also recognized for academic excellence from Dyson College of Arts and Sciences for the areas of their teaching concentration. Victoria Salame, MST’13, received the Modern Languages and Cultures award recognizing her academic excellence in Spanish during the Dyson College pre-commencement awards ceremony. Salame is seeking certification in French, Italian and Spanish. Melissa Meireles, BA ’13, received a School of Education award for earning the highest GPA among her graduating class, but also was honored by Dyson for “excellence and demonstrated potential in the field of mathematics.”

On May 17, students gathered to don their graduation robes, cords and medals in the Willcox Gym, while faculty robed in the library. It was a beautiful spring day for our graduates to process across campus to the Goldstein Fitness Center to begin the next phase of their lives.

View our photos via Facebook:

NYC Pre-Commencement Photos
Pleasantville Pre-Commencement Photos
Pleasantville Procession Photos


New York City Awards
University Awards  
Outstanding Graduate Student Laurie Naftulin
Departmental Awards  
Dr. Rita G. Silverman Spirit Award Amanda Weinberger
Outstanding Achievement in the Study of Teaching (Traditional Program)
Adolescent Program     Vibha Solanki
Childhood Program     Allyse Hartman
Outstanding Achievement in the Study of Teaching (Alternative Certification)
Adolescent Program      Mandeep Singh
Childhood/Special Education Program     Erica Wiener
Dr. Sandra G. Flank Educational Technology Award Mackenzie Julian
Outstanding Achievement in the Study of Special Education Caroline Bell
Kappa Delta Pi Award Agape Kalambakas
Phi Delta Kappa Leo Weitz Award Deborah Charles
Pleasantville Awards
University Awards  
Undergraduate Student Achievement Melissa T. Meireles
Outstanding Graduate Student Dana M. Trani
Co-op and Career Services Jennifer Simon
Community Service Hatsue Masuyama
Departmental Awards  
Outstanding Undergraduate Hatsue Masuyama
Master of Science for Teachers  
Childhood Education     Nancy Russell-Pear
Adolescent Education     Ashley Linda
Sandra G. Flank Educational Technology Award Amanda Akdemir
Special Education Katherine McHenry
Literacy  Megan Prokopiak
Spirit of Pace Award Jaclyn A. Friedman & Jordan T. Tempro
Teacher as Researcher Award Isabelle Innes & Alisa Mahoney
Pace Partnership Award

Emily Hersh, Mt. Pleasant-Blythedale UFSD,

accepted by Griselda Rodriguez-Reyes, Peekskill High School