GSE celebrates 2017 graduates at annual Academic Hooding Ceremony

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On Sunday, June 18, GSE students and their families crowded the Oregon Convention Center for the 26th Annual Academic Hooding Ceremony. The ceremony was the culmination of their programs. GSE graduates will serve the community as teachers, counselors, adult educators, and sustainability educators in Oregon and elsewhere. More than 500 GSE students complete programs each year, and 334 attended this event.

Joining the 15 doctoral graduates were master’s and licensure students from Special Education, Curriculum and Instruction, Counselor Education, and Educational Leadership and Policy. Four undergraduate students also received recognition through GSE’s award-winning Bilingual Teacher Pathway Program.

Oregon’s Deputy Superintendent of Education Salam Noor, ’12, was the invited speaker this year. He is a graduate of PSU’s Continuing Administrator Licensure program. Noor is a first-generation immigrant from Kuwait who joined a brother in Seattle when he was 16. He served as assistant superintendent in Salem-Keizer School District for six years and spent 12 years at the Oregon Department of Education in the Office of Educational Improvement.

Honored for leadership at the event was alumna Jane Morrow, ’65, MS ’77, a retired teacher, Simon Benson awardee, and president of the Friends of GSE. All alumni are invited to join the Friends to advocate and support the GSE.

This was the last academic hooding ceremony for Dean Dr. Randy Hitz, who retires this year. Incoming Dean Dr. Marvin Lynn was introduced at the event and will take over on July 1.

The GSE Academic Hooding Ceremony represents the largest graduate program on PSU campus. The event returns to the Peter Stott Center next spring when renovations to that building are complete.

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