Weekend Ceremony Marks Warner's 50th Commencement

Donning black caps and gowns, 243 students received doctoral and master’s degrees and certificates from the University of Rochester’s Warner School of Education over the weekend during the commencement ceremony at Strong Auditorium. The class of 2009 was the School of Education’s 50th graduating class, and its largest ever.

President Seligman and Dean Raffaella Borasi extolled the graduates for their great academic achievements. In celebrating their accomplishments, the Warner School commencement included the reading of biographies for all graduates participating in the May 16 ceremony.

Associate Dean Brian Brent presented the following special student awards to five Warner graduates during the ceremony for their exceptional academic performance and commitment to education:

The Walter I. Garms Award for Educational Leadership was presented to Joseph Rodgers, who graduated with a Master of Science (M.S.) in Educational Administration, with a specialization in Higher Education. Rodgers, who earned his bachelor’s from the University of Rochester, hopes to further his education at Warner by pursuing a doctorate. 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 a graduate student who shows academic excellence and potential for excellence in educational leadership.

The Eleanore F. Larson Award for Excellence in Teaching was presented to Sean Coffey, who graduated with a Master of Science (M.S.) in Adolescence Education, Biology. Coffey, who received a bachelor’s from SUNY Geneseo, plans to stay in the Rochester area and teach high school biology. 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 a graduate student whose commitment to teaching reflects Larson’s work.

The Harold Munson Counseling and Human Development Award was presented to Crystal Clark, who graduated with a Master of Science (M.S.) in Counseling and Human Development, with a specialization in School Counseling. Her goals are to become an advocate for youth through her role as a counselor and to eventually earn a doctorate in counseling. 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 a graduate student who reflects the mission and objectives of the Warner School counseling program.

The Tyll van Geel Award was presented to two Warner doctoral graduates: Denise Johnson and Michael Fahy. Johnson, who also completed her master’s degree at Warner, received an accelerated Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Educational Administration, with a specialization in K-12 Schools. Fahy, whose bachelor’s and master’s degrees are in athletic training, received a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in EducationalAdministration, with a specialization in Higher Education. He is currently the assistant athletic trainer at Nazareth College. 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 a doctoral student in educational leadership who demonstrates Professor van Geel’s commitment to thoughtful, ethical leadership and decision making.

On behalf of the University of Rochester community, we congratulate our Warner graduates and their families.


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