Stormy weather may have moved things inside at the last minute, but the School of Education celebrated its commencement on Thursday, May 23rd 2013 with the typical pomp, circumstance, hugs and photos from within the cosy confines of the Ralph S. O'Connor Recreation Center, where graduates walked the track to receive their honors while their families watched from the basketball courts below.
Several hundreds received recognition over the course of the evening, receiving degrees in education, counseling, public safety leadership and a myriad of certificates. The change from an outdoor venue to the indoor one shortened the speech portion of the evening, which saw renowned Hopkins alum and television personality Wes Moore address the crowd below on the values of education. Student speaker Eduardo Caldera, a clinical community counseling graduate, did not speak at the event, but his remarks are available here.
The SOE also had a special graduate, as the final pair to walk the stage on Thursday were Carlos Mora - receiving his M.S. in Counseling - and his service dog Kirsch, who was awarded an honorary degree himself for having attended all of Carlos' classes.
Congratulations to the SOE's Class of 2013!
2011 - Photos and video from the 2011 SOE Graduation - including video of Sesame Workshop CEO Gary Knell's remarks - are available here.