“What a wonderful occasion this is to gather in celebration of one of life’s great accomplishments,” said Gary Seastrand at the beginning of his convocation address. “Today marks the culmination of years of study and preparation, and yet it is also a compelling announcement to the world that you are ready and anxious to take your place in your chosen career, where you will begin to apply what you’ve learned from inspired professors.”
Seastrand, who is the director of the Center for the Improvement of Teacher Education and Schooling in the McKay School, also acknowledged the love and support of the parents, family, and friends of the graduates. “Their success is your success.”
There were 356 graduates who earned their baccalaureate degrees, 38 graduates who earned their master’s degrees and 8 who earned their doctorates. These recent graduates will go on to teach and inspire in classrooms, administrative offices, and other areas as educators, special education specialists, speech therapists, and many other roles.
“As graduates of the McKay School of Education, you are indeed keepers of hope,” Seastrand said.
Annika Grace Stark, graduating in communication disorders, and Amanda Wilding Mitchell, graduating in early childhood education, represented the class of 2016 as student speakers at the event.
Following the convocation, graduates and their families and friends proceeded to the reception hosted by the school for light refreshments. Approximately 2,120 people were in attendance.
For the full convocation speech delivered by Gary Seastrand, click here:
April 28, 2016
Written by Megan Bahr
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