McKay School Graduation Speakers Announced

The McKay School of Education will feature two students and one faculty speaker at graduation

The David O. McKay School of Education has announced the speakers for the August graduation ceremony.

Lynnette B. Erickson, associate dean of the David O. McKay School of Education, will be the faculty speaker. Stacey Freeman and Anne Graffe Riboldi will be the student speakers.

Erickson has worked at BYU for 24 years. She came to BYU as an instructor and a BYU–Public School Partnership liaison in 1986 after serving as an elementary and junior high school teacher for eight years. She left BYU in 1992 to earn a PhD from Arizona State University but returned four years later and has been here ever since. As a professor she has taught social studies methods and democracy in education courses and was dubbed “Dr. Democracy” by her students. Her research focuses on teacher preparation, program accreditation, social studies education and pedagogy, and democracy in the classroom. She has authored and coauthored numerous articles, chapters, and books on these subjects.

Erickson earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a master’s in teaching and learning from BYU and considers herself “cougar blue through and through.” She enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, quilting, and dreaming of fulfilling her bucket list.

Freeman, graduating with a master’s in teacher education, has taught for 15 years at Geneva Elementary School in Orem, Utah. She is originally from Fresno, California, but has lived longer in Utah than in California, thanks to her education and her career. She came to BYU to study elementary education, graduating in 1998. She currently supervises student teachers and practicum students as a clinical faculty associate at BYU. She enjoys raising chickens at home.

Riboldi has earned her bachelor’s degree with an emphasis in severe special education. She is from Layton, Utah, where she attended Northridge High School. She enjoyed student teaching at Lakeridge Junior High School in Orem. Riboldi will teach at Lone Peak High School after graduation. An honor society activity in high school where she played kickball with the life skills class helped her to know that she wanted to be in special education. She is married to Christian Riboldi and they are expecting their first child this November.

The convocation will begin at 8:00 a.m. on Friday, August 12. Graduates should meet at the west annex of the Smith Fieldhouse one hour before convocation. All are invited to an open house immediately following the services.

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