Warner Celebrates 2011 Commencement in New Venue

Warner School 2011 Commencement

Nearly 1,500 family and friends gathered on May 14 to witness the first Warner School of Education graduating class to celebrate commencement in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre. Warner celebrated its largest contingent of graduates in the School’s 52-year history with more than 250 students receiving doctoral and master’s degrees and professional certificates in the beautifully renovated hall.
The Warner School’s 2011 commencement ceremony marked the first time the event outgrew venues on River Campus, where it previously took place in Hoyt Auditorium, Interface Chapel, and most recently Strong Auditorium.
Commencement festivities began Saturday morning with the University’s doctoral degree ceremony. Warner’s commencement ceremony then followed in the afternoon and opened with a welcome and words of pride and triumph from the University’s Board of Trustees Chairman Edmund Hajim, President Joel Seligman, and Dean Raffaella Borasi. After welcoming remarks, special student awards were presented to the following five Warner graduates for their exceptional academic performance and commitment to education:
The Walter I. Garms Award for Educational Leadership was presented to two Warner graduates: Michelle Rogers and Kayann Williams. Rogers, who received her master’s in higher education, began her career in corporate marketing and publishing, joined the University of Rochester in 2005 as an Information Technology communications manager, and now manages a wide variety of special projects in the President’s Office. A daughter of an Italian immigrant and a first-generation college student, she also holds bachelor’s degrees in English literature and public relations. Williams, who also earned her bachelor’s in political science from the University of Rochester, graduated with her master’s in educational policy. She looks forward to utilizing her degree to bring about effective changes to the educational system through policy research and implementation. 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 Caitlyn Schrader, who graduated with her master’s in secondary French education and an advanced certificate in teaching English to speakers of other languages. Schrader has been presented a unique opportunity to teach English in France through the Franco-American Teachers-Training Institute. A native of New Hartford, N.Y., she constantly looks for ways to infuse her love for the arts—which includes a passion for dance—into her teaching. 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 Joshua Dentley, who graduated with a master’s in community mental health counseling. Dentley, who has always had a passion for youth, continually gives his best to support those who need it most through his work at local agencies, including Strong's Child and Adolescent Outpatient Clinic. A Rochester native, he will continue to work closely with youth in his community. 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 Michele Flint, who received her doctorate in higher education. Flint has focused her research in finance and governance in higher education, and with many years in accounting and finance in the industry prior to working in education, she now serves as a faculty member at Daemen College. A certified public accountant, she also served as a school board member for the Amherst Central School District, chairing both their audit and finance committees. 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, and rigorous application of scholarship to practice.
To celebrate the great academic accomplishments of Warner graduates, the ceremony also included the reading of biographies for those receiving master's and doctoral degrees.
On behalf of the University of Rochester community, the Warner School congratulates its graduates and their families. To view photos from the 2011 Warner School Commencement, please visit here. Additional photos can be viewed on the Warner School's Facebook page.

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