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.
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|New York City Awards|
|Outstanding Graduate Student||Laurie Naftulin|
|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|
|Undergraduate Student Achievement||Melissa T. Meireles|
|Outstanding Graduate Student||Dana M. Trani|
|Co-op and Career Services||Jennifer Simon|
|Community Service||Hatsue Masuyama|
|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|
|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