In lieu of their traditional commencement morning breakfast, members of the Education Department shifted to honoring the achievements of graduates with a virtual send-off this year. The Zoom gathering of students, family and friends included a reading of names of students who successfully completed an educational studies major, the Teacher Education Program, the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program, the Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) Certificate Program and the Ontario Arc College Experience.
Associate Professor and Chair of Education Mary Kelly started the celebration by reminding students that “while the world has shifted underneath our feet so profoundly over the past eight weeks, one constant has remained: We are so proud of you, of the work you have done to deepen your knowledge of the field of education, and of what you have done to apply what you have learned to benefit and impact classrooms and communities in Geneva and beyond.”
Director of Secondary Education Andrea Huskie announced the winners of departmental awards. The William A. Howe II ’15 Award, given to a graduating senior who is pursuing graduate work in education, was presented to Sophie Kaufman ’20 and Hugh “Nick” Mckenny ’20. Cassidy Carrafiello ’19, MAT ’20 and Emilie Sauvayre ’20 received the Frances Nolting Temple Prize for Teaching, which is given to a graduating senior completing the education program leading to certification in teaching who has demonstrated a commitment to the principles of teaching to which Temple subscribed.
Faculty and staff shared their hopes with the graduates through video messages. Hobart Dean and Associate Professor of Education Khuram Hussain told students: “My hope for you is that you’ve experienced enough of the joy and present moment satisfaction that comes with educating that you willingly endure all of the challenges that are sure to come — knowing that you get to experience that joy again and again.”
“My hope for you is that you find ways to serve your community in ways that are meaningful and valuable and have a significant impact on those around you,” said Professor of Education Jim MaKinster, while Assistant Professor of Education Audrey Roberson shared: “My hope for you is that you can rely on the foundation of knowledge, experiences and community that you’ve built here at HWS to help you create the life you want and to help you enact the change that you want to see in the world.”
Director of Elementary Education and Coordinator of Student Supervision Jennifer Harris told graduates: “The pandemic changed your spring, but it did not defeat you. In fact, there’s no pandemic strong enough to quiet your courage or dent your spirit forever … You are made of resilience and strength. I know this won’t be the only way that you make history.”
In the image above, Assistant Professor of Education Audrey Roberson teaches class.