Monday, May 05, 2014

Commencement held on May 3

Tags: commencement, community, deans updates


On Saturday, May 3, 2014, faculty, students, staff, and families and loved ones of our graduates gathered in Hill Auditorium to celebrate the 341 School of Education students who were graduating. It was a wonderful event with terrific remarks offered by student speakers Bayane Alem and Brian Burt and an engaging address delivered by Terrence McDonald, director of the university’s Bentley Historical Library and former dean of the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts. We were honored to have numerous University of Michigan leaders in our platform party, including Julia Donovan Darlow, member of the Board of Regents; Martha Pollack, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs; and Dave Brandon, Donald R. Shepherd Director of Intercollegiate Athletics. We were equally honored by the participation of alumni and school partners, including Patrick Alexander, teacher at the Detroit School of Arts; Melita Alston, principal at Pattengill Elementary School; Ross Dunbar, teacher at Skyline High School; Judy Istock, civic leader and philanthropist; Regina McNeil, co-founder and president of the Ronald D. & Regina C. McNeil Foundation; Emily Theriault-Kimmey, lead teacher at Pattengill Elementary School; and Jeanice Kerr Swift, superintendent of Ann Arbor Public Schools.

I am grateful for the many faculty, staff, and students who participated in commencement, either as members of the platform party or as volunteers. It was a wonderful day for our graduates and for our SOE community. If you have any feedback about the event, please send it to Kathryn Taylor.

Kathryn Taylor is Manager of Communications and Special Projects

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