On Thursday, May 10, more than 180 Ph.D. and Ed.D. candidates will be hooded at the 2012 USC Rossier School of Education Doctoral Commencement Ceremony in Founders Park. Flag Bearers Kris De Pedro (PhD ’12) and Chris McDonald (EdD ’12) will lead the procession, and three outstanding dissertation award winners will be honored during the ceremony – Aime Black (EdD ’12), Wendy Marshall (EdD ’12), and Elizabeth Jordan (EdD ’12).
Also on Thursday, the celebration kicks off for online and on-campus MAT graduates with MAT Trojan Pride Day at the Radisson Hotel. Activities include a welcoming lunch with Dean Karen Symms Gallagher, a panel discussion on the current teaching job market, a session with the USC Alumni Association and Rossier’s Alumni Office, and select capstone presentations by MAT graduates. 2tor, Inc. will host a cocktail reception for graduating students, faculty and staff at Border Grill Restaurant.
On Friday, May 11, Rossier will hold its Master’s Commencement Ceremony at Howard Jones Field for the first time to accommodate an unprecedented number of graduating master’s candidates participating in the ceremony. More than 700 graduates are walking in this year’s procession, led by Flag Bearers Julisa Maldonado Vargas (MAT TESOL ’12) and Briana Weiland (ME PASA ’12).
This year’s Commencement Speaker is Don Shalvey (EdD ’95), deputy director of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and co-founder of ASPIRE Public Schools.
And Julio Cesar Ortiz (MFT ’12) will deliver the student speaker address at the ceremony.
Please keep an eye out for the 2012 USC Rossier School of Education Commencement Newsletter – a keepsake full of colorful photos and highlights from both ceremonies, and profiles of some of our outstanding graduates!
To request a copy of the newsletter, contact Thomas Jenkins at firstname.lastname@example.org