SOE celebrates commencement with banner evening

The forecast was for storms, but the weather turned out beautiful as the sun set over the SOE's graduation Thursday evening

To view the video of the Commencement Ceremony, click here

Under beautiful skies that scarcely reflected the foreboding weather forecast (which led to some frantic ‘what if’ meetings here at the Education Building to determine how to best proceed if the potential lightning storms did arrive), the School of Education celebrated over 900 students graduating on Thursday evening at Homewood Field on the main campus of Johns Hopkins University.

Dean David Andrews opened the ceremony with his remarks, with student speaker Alison Schlenger drawing complements from keynote speaker and U.S. Senator Benjamin Cardin – who said that she might find herself on a speech writing staff in Washington if her career as a counselor didn’t suit her. The Annie E. Casey Foundation was recognized with the Partnership Award and Carol Quirk was the recipient of the JHU Distinguished Alumna Award.

Cardin’s remarks stressed the importance of teaching, as he discussed his upbringing in Baltimore and how he was a product of the city’s public school system. He stressed the need for service to be performed by all citizens.

Other awards for the graduates included:

Diane Tobin Memorial Award – Elizabeth Hall McCannell, MAT ’12; Nicole Clute, MAT ’09.

Alan Thormeyer Award – Luigi Carlos LaPietra.

Public Safety Leadership Undergraduate Award – David W. Ennis.

SOE Graduates with General Honors – Anita L. Allen, David W. Ennis, Stephen J. Wilson, Woodrow W. Jones, Ronnie D. Smith.

Congratulations to all graduates, and don’t forget that you are always a part of the Johns Hopkins and SOE Communities. Keep up to date on alumni happenings at the Alumni and Friends page.

Please check back next week as we post more photos and video of the event as they become available.

For photos and videos from the University-wide commencement, click here

Students march into the stadium to the cheers of their friends and family

Students continue to file onto the field

Dean Andrews opens the ceremony with his remarks

Listening to the keynote speaker, U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md)

(All photos courtesy my iPhone – we will post better ones by the professional photographers in attendance as soon as they are available)