5/20/2019

Warner School’s 2019 Commencement Ceremony is a Celebration of Achievement 

Graduates and their families filled Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre on May 18 as the University of Rochester’s Warner School of Education celebrated the Class of 2019.  
 
Commencement festivities began Saturday morning with the University’s doctoral degree ceremony, followed by the Warner School Commencement ceremony in the afternoon. In just a short time, the Class of 2019 master’s and doctoral degree candidates became alumni of the Warner School.  
 
Commencement opened with welcoming remarks from University of Rochester President Richard Feldman, Warner School Dean Anand R. Marri, and Board of Trustees Board Member Elizabeth Pungello Bruno. Warner graduates were honored at the ceremony for their exceptional academic performance and commitment to education. The 2019 student award recipients were:  
 

The Walter I. Garms Award for Educational Leadership was presented to Shateela Hill and Stephanie Busch. The Garms Award is named in honor of Walter Garms, professor emeritus and former dean of the University of Rochester’s School of Education, who was a leader in the study of both school finance and state funding in public schools. The Garms Award recognizes graduate students who show academic excellence and potential for excellence in educational leadership.
 
A defining moment for Hill was when she took a year off from academia after graduating from Nazareth College to decide what to pursue next. This time led her to study education policy at Warner. She now looks forward to using her degree to inform her current work as an education specialist for the Urban-Suburban Interdistrict Transfer Program at Monroe 1 BOCES.
 
Busch received her bachelor’s in ASL from the University of Rochester, and her master’s in higher education from the Warner School. Busch will be joining The School of The New York Times as a summer Student-Life Specialist, and she hopes to eventually work in advising and career services. 
 
The Eleanore F. Larson Award for Excellence in Teaching was presented to Jenny Kovach and Jordan Holmes. The Larson Award is named in honor of Eleanore F. Larson, an extraordinary professor who taught both undergraduate and graduate students in the University of Rochester’s School of Education. Larson’s passion for instructional excellence inspired her students to embrace a strong commitment to the education of children. The Larson Award recognizes graduate students whose commitment to teaching reflects Larson’s work.
 
Kovach, from Albany, is a GRADE scholar who exits the five-year program with bachelor’s degrees in ASL and psychology and a master’s in elementary education. After working for Horizons at Warner this summer, she plans to move to Israel. Kovach is excited about fulfilling her lifelong dream of becoming a teacher.
 
Holmes, a Rochester native, earned his bachelor's from SUNY Fredonia. He began his career in education as a Spanish teacher. After traveling abroad, Holmes found his passion for teaching English learners. He is forever inspired by his former educators to follow his dream of becoming the teacher his future students deserve. He hopes to continue his studies in educational leadership.
 
The Harold Munson Counseling and Human Development Award was presented to Haylee Chase and Nicole Clinkscale. The award is named for Harold Munson, professor emeritus, who initiated the school and community counseling programs at the University of Rochester’s School of Education and developed the programs’ high standards recognized by school districts and community agencies. The Munson Award is given to graduate students who reflect the mission and objectives of the Warner School counseling program.
 
Chase had an exemplary school counselor while attending Saratoga Springs High School. Later, an internship with the Science and Technology Entry Program through Le Moyne College prepared her to work with historically underrepresented and economically disadvantaged students. This experience not only validated her aspiration to become a school counselor, but also to work with urban youth in a school setting.
 
Clinkscale, originally from Youngstown, Ohio, received a bachelor's in psychology from Capital University in Columbus, Ohio. While completing a mentorship program at Twin Valley Behavioral Hospital, she became interested in working with veterans. Completing her practicum in substance abuse and her internship at the Canandaigua VA Medical Center has inspired her to pursue co-occurring disorders within the area of trauma.
 
The Tyll van Geel Award was presented to Rose Piacente Waples and Robert Snyder III. The award is named for Tyll van Geel, professor emeritus, who is a renowned scholar of education law and applied ethical issues in education. Professor van Geel was instrumental in designing the educational leadership program at the Warner School. The Tyll van Geel Award is presented to doctoral students in educational leadership who demonstrate Professor van Geel’s commitment to thoughtful, ethical leadership and decision making, and rigorous application of scholarship to practice. 
 
Waples is a native of Buffalo with a bachelor’s in political science from the University at Buffalo and a master’s in higher education from Canisius College. While writing her dissertation, she planned and executed a wedding at Walt Disney World. After graduating, she hopes to use her degree to inform her work with residential student staff and training.
 
Snyder is currently an assistant principal in the Rochester City School District. He graduated from East High School, which also served as the research site of his dissertation. He plans to continue his career as a school leader, serving as a champion for equity. 
 
The Mary Ellen Burris Human Development Award was presented to Sergio Allen. The award is named for Mary Ellen Burris, a respected figure in the Rochester community who has built an illustrious career as an impassioned advocate for grocery consumers. Burris is currently a senior vice president of Consumer Affairs at Wegmans Food Markets, where, since 1971, she has used her knowledge of human development to find creative ways to empower millions of Wegmans shoppers to live healthier lives. The Mary Ellen Burris Award is given to graduate students who are devoted to bringing human development theory and research into practice to foster the health and well-being of individuals, schools, and communities. 
 
A teacher once told Allen, "you'll never go to college." As a man of color with dyslexia and ADD, he created his own counter-narrative to this story. After returning from his first military deployment, he received degrees in criminal justice and sociology, and earned his commission as a Military Intelligence officer in the U.S. Army. With his master’s in human development, Allen will pursue a PhD. 
 
Dean Marri presenting Dean's MedalIn addition to conferring degrees and recognizing the graduates for marking their educational milestones, Dean Marri had the distinct honor of recognizing alumna Vivian A. Palladoro ‘76W (MS), ‘97W (EdD) with the 2019 Dean’s Medal, the first of its kind to be awarded by the Warner School. The honor was bestowed for her outstanding service and unwavering commitment to the University.
 
“Since taking on the deanship of the Warner School, I have been so profoundly impressed to learn about the tremendous impact that our honoree has had, and continues to have, at our school,” said Dean Marri. “A dedicated alumna, inspired to support the arts, sciences, medicine, and our community, Dr. Palladoro is celebrated for her exceptional leadership and generosity. Her impassioned advocacy and philanthropy have strengthened countless connections and bolstered essential resources for the Warner School.”  
 
Palladoro received both her graduate and doctoral degrees from the Warner School in adult education and higher education administration, respectively. She is a former administrator of the Pathology and Laboratory Medicine department at the University of Rochester Medical Center. Before her retirement in 2002, her decorated career includes roles as an adjunct faculty member at the Rochester Institute of Technology’s College of Science and work as a published author of numerous articles on the topic of healthcare quality improvement. 
 
Her involvement, tireless advocacy, and service in a variety of leadership positions has benefited both the University and broader Rochester community in many ways. She serves on the board of the Arts and Cultural Council of Greater Rochester, the Rochester Chapter of Torch Club International, and the American Red Cross Chapter of Greater Rochester—the latter two of which she has a committee chair role. Additionally, she is the founder and chair of Growing Downtown Rochester, a member of the Monroe Community College STAR Power Committee, a member of the Lifelong Learning Advisory Council (LiLAC), a member of the Warner School of Education National Council, and is a proud member of the George Eastman Circle and participates on its Rochester Philanthropy Council Committee. 
 
In 2005, Palladoro established the Vincent and Maria A. Palladoro Fund at the Memorial Art Gallery to support students in their educational, curatorial, and exhibitive endeavors. To bolster essential resources for the development and implementation of technology at the Center for Learning in the Digital Age within the Warner School, she created the Dr. Vivian A. Palladoro Endowment Fund in 2018 to fund these vital programs. 
 
The reading of biographies of the graduating students—a ritual that began several years ago—was a highlight of the Warner School ceremony. Dean Marri added in his closing remarks: “I congratulate our graduates—your achievements are even more remarkable when considering what we have just learned about each of you. I would also like to publicly recognize all those who have contributed to their success: Warner School faculty and staff, and most importantly, the family and friends that sustained them in their journey.” 
 
Throughout commencement weekend, the University of Rochester used the hashtag #UR2019 on its social media platforms to celebrate festivities. Select photos, videos, and social media collections are featured on the University’s Commencement 2019 web page
 
On behalf of the University of Rochester community, the Warner School congratulates its graduates and their families. View photos from the 2019 Warner School Commencement ceremony.

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