2014 Events, Awards and Celebrations
Learn more about the exciting events we host throughout the year within our college and out in the community.
This year, CEHD bestowed degrees on 321 undergraduate, master’s and doctoral students. The Convocation ceremony was held on Friday, May 30 at the Bob Carpenter Sports Center. Dean Okagaki congratulated our students on their achievement before urging them to use their degree to make a difference. (video of the CEHD convocation ceremony is available on YouTube).
Many of our students have already secured employment, accepting positions with Public Allies, Global Board of Missions and the New England Center for Children. They will be teaching in the US in Delaware, Maryland, New York, Tennessee and Vermont and even internationally, in Italy, England and Japan. Others are going to graduate school, including University of Virginia and Columbia University, or right here at UD, in our 4+1 programs.
CEHD’s student speaker, Nikki DiGregorio shared how her experiences at UD shaped her future. DiGregorio received a Doctor of Philosophy in Human Development and Family Studies this year.
Dean Okagaki then recognized students who completed the 2-year Career and Life Studies Certificate (CLSC) program through the Center for Disabilities Studies and the undergraduate and graduate students in our College. (see video below)
Doctoral students were also honored at the Doctoral Hooding ceremony on Friday evening on The Green. Jim Hiebert, the Robert J. Barkley Professor in the School of Education was presented with UD’s Outstanding Doctoral Graduate Student Advising and Mentoring Award.
Video of the CLSC students and their families preparing to receive their certificate during CEHD’s Convocation.
We kicked off the celebration on Friday with a College Reception, recognizing our Shining Stars — June 6 from 6-8 p.m. in the Alison Hall courtyard.
Alumni and friends strolled up the red carpet, flanked by golden tables and chairs, toward festive displays of delicious hors d’oeuvres. The weather was picture perfect providing the ideal backdrop for them to reunite with faculty and colleagues. Lynn Okagaki, dean, presented our Shining Stars with a blue and gold sculpture, honoring alumni and faculty who had received recognition for outstanding achievements in their field.