2019 UB Graduate School of Education – Commencement – PART 1 of 3

2019 UB Graduate School of Education – Commencement – PART 1 of 3


– [Narrator] And now please
take your seats and welcome the Graduate School of Educations,
graduating class of 2019. (“Pomp and Circumstance March
No. 1” by Sir Edward Elgar) – Good morning and please be seated. It is a pleasure to
welcome each and every one of you this morning to the
88th Commencement ceremony of the Graduate School of Education at the University of Buffalo. Dr. Gregory Fabiano, Associate
Dean for Inter-Disciplinary Research and a professor from
the Department of Counseling School and Educational
Psychology will officially open the ceremony, Professor Fabiano. (applause) – Thank you, Provost Zukoski. The graduates, the candidates
for degrees, the faculty, the staff, and the parents,
families, and friends of the graduates and
candidates are now assembled. I hereby declare this Commencement of the University of Buffalo to be open. (applause) – At this time I would
ask you to please rise if you are able and to join in the singing of our national anthem. Gentlemen, please remove your caps. ♪ Oh, say can you see ♪ ♪ By the dawn’s early light ♪ ♪ What so proudly we hailed, ♪ ♪ At the twilight’s last gleaming ♪ ♪ Whose broad stripes and bright stars ♪ ♪ Through the perilous fight ♪ ♪ O’er the ramparts we watched ♪ ♪ Were so gallantly streaming ♪ ♪ And the rocket’s red glare ♪ ♪ The bombs bursting in air ♪ ♪ Gave proof through the night ♪ ♪ That our flag was still there ♪ ♪ Oh say does that star
spangled banner yet wave ♪ ♪ For the land of the free ♪ ♪ And the home of the brave ♪ (applause) – Thank you, please be seated. We are honored to have joining us today, UB Provost Charles Zukoski, who will confer the
school degrees, welcome. I am also pleased to welcome
the rest of our platform party, including members of
the President’s cabinet, vice-presidents, vice-provost
and distinguished guests and colleagues on the faculty of the Graduate School of Education. It is now my privilege
to invite Provost Zukoski to the podium to offer his greetings. – Good morning. This is a tremendous said
day of celebration here at UB and in the Graduate School of Education. I’m very pleased to be here for the 2019 Graduate School of Education
Commencement, what a day. Graduates, you, your family, friends, and the university
community are gathered here to celebrate your exceptional
achievements to date and to eagerly anticipate all that you will accomplish in the future. As one of the nation’s leading public research universities, UB has a mission of creating new knowledge and communicating this knowledge to you, the next generation of professionals, leaders, researchers, and citizens. We take seriously our
responsibility to improve the human condition through our scholarship, our clinical care, and our engagement. We are living in an era of
excitement and uncertainty characterized by a strong
knowledge based economy, fast paced technological
changes, unprecedented access to ever increasing amounts of information and different communication technologies in an ever changing
political and social dynamic. Now more than ever, education
is critical to human advancement and the quality of life. As a result the Graduate
School of Education and it’s students and alumni,
play an increasing important role in economic development
in the advancement of our society and our university. Graduates at UB, you have
been partners in the process of seeking and using knowledge
to build a better world. You have learned from the
most respected researchers, scholars and professionals in their fields who have designed your
research and data informed degree programs to prepare
you for future success. You have developed deep domain knowledge in human development,
educational policy, teaching, and information sciences. You have shared this knowledge
through your teaching, research, and publications
and put it into practice in schools and in our communities. You have participated
in cutting edge research enabled by state of the art
technology that has helped the way this society and
universities understand human development and interactions
and ways of learning. You have improved people’s
lives in our local and our international communities through all of your
activities, your internships, your outreach, that have allowed you to put your knowledge into practice. Graduates, you have worked hard. You’ve gained exposure
to a wealth of ideas and had meaningful interactions with your peers and professors. These are the experiences that
shape your unique perspective and way of approaching the world. Through this distinctive
combination of classroom, field learning and out
of class experiences, you have developed the creativity,
empathy, and leadership skills needed to succeed as
teachers, educational leaders, counselors, and information professionals. Your UB education has
prepared you to be flexible and responsive to
shifting trends and needs, meet challenges head on,
be life-long learners, and to take advantage of opportunities. These are the attributes
that will assure your success in the future, no
matter what it may bring. Each of you has the
capacity to change the world and I urge you to take
what you have learned and apply it to the betterment of society. I wanna extend my sincere
and heartfelt congratulations to our 2019 University of Buffalo Graduate School of Education graduates. We are so proud of you and
all of your achievements. (applause) – Thank you. It is now my pleasure to
introduce Suzanne Rosenblith, the Dean of the Graduate
School of Education. (applause) – I would also like to
welcome each of you to the 2019 Graduate School
of Education Commencement. Thank you to all of our
guests for joining us at this wonderful celebration. At this time, I would like
to recognize this year’s awards recipients in the
Graduate School of Education. The Dean Service Award was
created to recognize individuals who have given outstanding service to the Graduate School of
Education as well as the university’s educational community. I am pleased to present
this year’s award to Miss Patti Stephen, executive
director of Buffalo Prep. (applause) Located on the UB south campus, Buffalo Prep is an
academic enrichment program providing a robust pipeline
of academic programming for underrepresented students. In her role as executive
director, Patti promotes an agenda of educational equity
across Buffalo Prep’s community wide partnerships. After joining Buffalo Prep in 2009, Patti witnessed the
organization’s evolution while overseeing its Prep
for Tomorrow Capital Campaign and its 25th anniversary initiative. During her tenure, the
student population and overall budget have grown by more than 25%. Patti has been the executive
director since 2017, striving to implement a
culturally relevant curriculum with a focus on experiential
learning and social justice. Patti has become a true partner with the Graduate School of Education. Buffalo Prep is working
with Dr. Janice Delucia, associate professor from
the Department of Counseling School and Educational Psychology to embed a course at
Buffalo Prep that will have lab hours with prep students. This course is a training
lab for our school counseling students who will provide
individual and group interventions for prep students preparing for their college careers. Amanda Seckya, a PHD student from the Department of Learning and Instruction is employed as Buffalo Prep’s Data intern and she is in the process of identifying and implementing a comprehensive
data software system that will house all of prep student data. Amanda conducted a descriptive,
statistical analysis of Buffalo Prep’s alumni
students over a five year span. She gathered statistics to provide insight on Buffalo Prep’s
college completion rates, years it took to graduate,
selectivity of the schools attended, and the
different fields studied. In addition, Buffalo Prep
is collaborating with two faculty members from the Department of Educational
Leadership and Policy, Dr. Raechele Pope and Dr. Megan Holland. Patti is working with Dr.
Pope to offer training to Buffalo Prep board members and volunteers on workshops
regarding dynamic advocacy for works surrounding diversity,
equity, and inclusion. Dr. Holland is conducting a
qualitative research project with the same cohort that
Amanda conducted a statistical analysis on to learn more
about the experiences of Prep alumni. Patti is passionate about
the western New York region and giving back to the community. With over 15 years of
experience in the Buffalo non-profit world, both as
an employee and a volunteer, Patti has served on several
boards and committees including her current service with the Buffalo Olmsted Parks
Conservancy, the Hope Center, and the Child and Family Services Justice Advisory Committee. In 2017, she was the recipient
of the Buffalo Business First 40 under 40 award,
which honors outstanding western New York men and
women under the age of 40 who have obtained professional success in community involvement. Patti also actively participates
on the Buffalo Niagara Partnership Diversity
and Inclusion Counsel, the Education Collaborative
of Western New York Equity and Inclusion Committee and in community dialogues
on issues that surround education, equity, and equality. Patti, through your leadership you have set a high standard of excellence. Thank you for all that you
have done for our school and the community. Today, the Graduate School
of Education is honored to present to you with this year’s Dean Service Award for your dedication and commitment to GSE. (applause) Recognizing the
accomplishments of our alumni is an important part of
our commencement ceremony. It not only gives us the
opportunity to publicly share the achievements of our former students but it also shows you, our newest alumni the many paths you can
take to contribute to the improvement of education
throughout society. I am pleased to introduce Dr. Lois Weis, SUNY distinguished professor from the Department of Educational
Leadership and Policy who will present this year’s
GSE distinguished alumni award. (applause) – Good morning. This year’s GSE Distinguished
Alumni Award recipient is Dr. Gunilla Holm, professor from the University of Helsinki
and the director of the Nordic Center of Excellence
Justice Through Education in the Nordic Countries,
a multi-disciplinary cross national research center. JustEd comprises 14 partner institutions and 140 researchers from eight countries, including all Nordic countries and international partners in
France, Italy and Australia. The research at JustEd
focuses on issues related to agency, marginalization,
and diversity in education and the influence of policies, politics, and marketization on educational equity. JustEd activities include
mobility programs for doctoral students, post-docs
and senior researchers, as well as fellowships
for guest researchers. JustEd also includes a
researcher educational component. With doctoral training and
an annually recurring summer school as well as seminars
and bi-annual conferences, extensive international
publishing and dissemination, and the preparation of joint
application for research grants in a wide range of nations. In addition to the key
research aim of the center, JustEd has organized summer
schools for doctoral students and three international conferences. Of which the final conference
gathered over 150 participants from 24 countries in May 2018. From 2013 to 2016, JustEd
researchers published over 600 peer-reviewed publications and presentations and did more than 900 papers at conferences. Based on their research,
JustEd researchers published a set of policy rep implications
which was sent to all the ministries in the Nordic countries and decision makers at
national and local levels. On a more personal note,
Dr. Holm was my PHD student. She’s a brilliant scholar
who’s own research and post-doctoral
experiences include stints at Stanford University and
Columbia University, Sungshin Women’s University in Korea, University of New South
Wales in Australia, and Sciences Po, France. She’s a prolific and internationally
respected cal scholars. Among other accolades,
she has received the University of Helsinki
Award for Advancing Equality and the Nystrom Award for
Scientific Achievement from the Finnish Society
of Sciences and Letters. I am incredibly proud of
the work that Dr. Holm has accomplished since leaving UB and I’m incredibly proud that we can call her one of our alumni. It was my distinct honor
to supervise her PHD work at the University of Buffalo
and my even greater honor to present her with the
Graduate School of Education 2019 Distinguished Alumni Award. Unfortunately Dr. Holm was
unable to be with us today although she had hoped to make this trip, it turned out she was not able to do so. So I am accepting this
award on her behalf. (applause) – In 1992, GSE alumnus
Delbert Mullens established the Thinking Outside the
Box Award in honor of Professor Robert Rossberg,
who always encouraged students to stretch their minds
for creative responses to challenging situations. The award recognizes students
who have shown exceptional creativity in the way they
deal with their studies, with their involvement in
and service to the community and the world, and with their
personal life circumstances. It is now my pleasure to
introduce Dr. Amy Reynolds, associate professor from the Department of Counseling School
and Educational Psychology, who will present this year’s Delbert Mullens Thinking
Outside the Box Award. (applause) – Good morning. It is now my pleasure to
introduce this year’s recipient of the Delbert Mullens
Thinking Outside the Box Award, Kathy Mahiya from the
Department of Counseling School and Educational Psychology. (applause) Kathy Mahiya is the personification of the Delbert Mullens Thinking
Outside the Box Award. From the moment she arrived to UB, she demonstrated her
commitment to other students and the broader community. She was one of the founding members of the Committee for Social Justice and Inclusion within the Department of Counseling School and Educational Psychology, whose priorities are on
education, outreach, and feedback. Kathy has also provided
outstanding service in the community throughout
her time as a graduate student. Her service activities
include working at the Erie County Holding Center and
Best Self-Behavioral Health where she used her bilingual
skills to work with Spanish speaking clients in
often underserved community. Her dissertation, Clinicians
Attitudes in Multicultural Competence Towards Undocumented
Latin Ex-Immigrants, extended her commitment
to working with the Latin ex-community by highlighting
the importance of training counselors to
effectively meet their mental health needs. During her time at GSE, Kathy was honored with another noteworthy award. She receive the Buffalo
Hispanic Women’s League Carmen Deveya Award in 2014. Throughout her studies Kathy
proved to be an outstanding graduate student very
worthy of this honor. Her scholarship was broad yet inclusive focusing on multicultural
and social justice issues. Her clinical work
demonstrated a commitment to helping others solve life
problem using creativity and social support and her passion has always been helping others. Kathy, you’ve been
committed to helping others and fighting inequities
for a very long time and continue to do so with
your doctoral research. Your compassion and
determination are an inspiration to us all and it is my
privilege to honor you with this award today. Please join me in
congratulation Kathy Mahiya, the 2019 recipient of the Delbert Mullens Thinking
Outside the Box Award. (applause) (applause) – The Edwin D. Duryea Jr.
Higher Education Memorial Award is given to a graduating
doctoral student from the Department of Educational
Leadership and Policy who has achieved
outstanding success in the field of higher education. This award was created
by the Duryea family in memory of the late Edwin D. Duryea Jr., UB Professor of Higher Education. Who was a distinguished
scholar in the areas of the history of American higher
education and college and university governing boards. It is now my pleasure to
introduce Dr. Nathan Daun-Barnett, associate professor and chair from the Department of Educational
Leadership and Policy, who will present this year’s Edwin D. Duryea Jr. Higher
Education Memorial Award. (applause) – This year’s recipient of the Edwin D. Duryea Jr. Higher
Education Memorial Award is Cheryl Taplin. (applause) I’ve had the great pleasure
of working with Cheryl as her faculty advisor. In fact Cheryl started, the first year of her doctoral program the year I started here at the university. I’m not gonna tell how long that’s been. But I’m proud to see her
walk across this stage today. Cheryl also reminded me
that she worked with the late Henry Durand, who we will be honoring
later this morning. And he was instrumental
in helping Cheryl land her first academic
advising job here at UB. Cheryl has been at UB since
1987 in a variety of roles and she currently serves as
senior associate vice-provost and director of student
success and retention. In addition to her
formal responsibilities, Cheryl also participates in community work on breast cancer awareness and Alzheimer’s and helps to coordinate our
institutional partnership with Say Yes to Education Buffalo. Cheryl’s dissertation, Examining
the Factors That Influence the Success of Students
who Transfer to a Four Year Public Research University, examines the experiences of
students who are frequently forgotten in higher education today. Her findings remind us of
the persistent challenges low income students face in college. And forces higher education professionals to pay attention to
the early warning signs that students may need additional support when they transition to a new institution. Cheryl’s findings also
have practical implications for her work on students
success here at UB. For example, she has found
that students who report planning to work additional
hours while in school are less likely to complete their degrees. I’ve used that piece
with one of my students. Cheryl was very proud, we’re very proud of your accomplishments and we look forward to hearing
about your future successes. It gives me great pleasure
to present you with the 2019 Edwin D. Duryea Jr. Higher
Education Memorial Award. Congratulations. (applause) (applause) – It is now my privilege to
call upon Provost Zukoski who will confer the
degrees authorized by the Trustees of the State
University of New York. – And here we go, the candidates for the Master of Education, Master
of Arts, Master of Science, and Master of Libraries Science Degrees will now be presented. Will all of the master’s degrees
candidates please rise now. (applause) – Provost Zukoski, on behalf of the faculty of the university, I have the honor of
recognizing these candidates. They have met all the
requirements of the university and are recommended to you by the faculty for the master’s degree. – Thank you, Dean Rosenblith. By the authority of the Trustees, and the Chancellor of the
State University of New York and the council and the faculty of the University of Buffalo, I now confer upon you, the Degree of Master’s with all the rights and privileges thereto pertaining. Congratulations. (applause) – [Male Announcer] Will
the master’s candidates please come forward to be
recognized individually.

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