GSE hooding/commencement ceremony highlights

GSE has over 500 graduates in the class of 2018, earning bachelor’s, master’s, doctorates, licensure and certificates. All of our GSE candidates are outstanding students who are planning to make a difference in their careers. These are just three of their amazing stories.

Family of three graduates with master’s degrees together

Photo of Duong family

(L to R), Peter Duong, Hoang Nguyen, Dean Marvin Lynn, and Don Duong.

Husband and wife Don Duong and Hoang Thi Cam Nguyen, and their son, Peter Duong, are refugees from Vietnam who wanted to make a new life in this country. They are planning to be teachers, completing master’s degrees from the PSU Graduate School of Education this spring.

They have worked in Portland’s immigrant community teaching English. Don taught in the Vietnamese Language Immersion Program at Roseway Heights School and completed the Bilingual Teacher Pathway program at PSU. Peter has undergraduate degrees from PSU in science and math. Peter and Hoang would like to teach math.

The family is grateful for the help they have received, especially from their extended family in Vietnam.

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GSE commencement is inaugural event in Viking Pavilion

Esperanza De La Vega poses with her Bilingual Teacher Pathway cohort outside Viking Pavilion.

Esperanza De La Vega poses with her Bilingual Teacher Pathway cohort outside Viking Pavilion.

The long-awaited Viking Pavilion hosted its first capacity event June 15, with the annual GSE Academic Hooding and Commencement Ceremony. This was the first time the GSE Academic Hooding was combined with an official commencement, enabling students to attend just one event. The GSE conferred 360 students with master’s and doctoral degrees while also performing the traditional hooding to signify advanced degree completion. The ceremony was recorded on Facebook for those who could not attend and is now available for viewing.

The newly renovated Viking Pavilion seats up to 3,500 guests and reopened to students, athletes, and visitors in April. It is intended to be used for PSU basketball games and multipurpose events. The venue was sustainably designed and has many new features that enhance the experience for guests, including two giant video screens at opposite ends of the space.

PSU’s newly inaugurated ninth president, Rahmat Shoureshi, officiated and was joined by Marvin Lynn for his first Academic Hooding and Commencement Ceremony as dean of the GSE. The special guest speaker was Karen Fischer Gray, Oregon’s 2018 Superintendent of the Year.

Students from the Graduate Teacher Education Program who are future music teachers assembled an impromptu choir for a superb rendition of the national anthem. The Bulls and Bears Drum Group performed a Native American honor song.