Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. School of Education Celebrates Class of 2022
During a Commencement ceremony held on Saturday, May 7, the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. School of Education bestowed baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral degrees on more than 120 graduates.
Dr. Joellen Maples, dean of the School of Education, offered words of congratulations and advice to the Class of 20222.
“You have spent your time here learning to change the world through education in ways large and small,” Maples said. “I trust you feel prepared and inspired for the tasks that lie ahead. Whether you are leaving here to begin teaching; to become a school leader, to be a leader in the public and private sectors; you will someday soon change the world by advocating.”
Kaylee Greene, a new graduate of the inclusive adolescence education program, offered remarks on behalf of the graduates. In her speech, she reflected on how her field placement helped crystalize her passion for education and teaching.
“To go into placement every day and work with these kids and watch them grow and flourish as individuals was phenomenal. I could never have imagined the profound impact we as educators have on these students’ lives, and the impact they have on us, all in the short time we knew them,” she explained. “We realize that each student is more than just a brain to fill with content knowledge. Each and every student is a human who we can help to become the best people they can be. We have been given the tools we need to help the coming generations grow, so that they can go on to create a fantastic future for all of us.”