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By Mary Tamer 05/28/2015 4:11 PM EDT

On a glorious and sunny May afternoon, with temperatures soaring to the high 70s, Dean James Ryan felt compelled to remind the 701 soon-to-be graduates about the unexpected challenges faced by those who had withstood an historic winter in New…

By James Ryan 05/28/2015 2:35 PM EDT
James Ryan

Welcome graduates, colleagues, family, and friends. Congratulations to you all. I’d like to begin by thanking all of the families and friends in the audience today. I’ve been so moved by your stories over the past few days and to learn about the…

By News editor 05/28/2015 12:36 PM EDT
Patricia Graham

A version of this article originally appeared in the Harvard Gazette.Professor Patricia Albjerg Graham was named honorary doctor of laws at the Harvard University Commencement Exercises on May 28. She was one of 10 people to receive honorary degrees…

By Bari Walsh 05/28/2015 8:03 AM EDT
Convocation 2015

On a warm and sunny afternoon filled with all the festivity of the season, the Harvard Graduate School of Education brought its community together yesterday to celebrate individual achievements and affirm the essential role of education as a path to…

By Ola Abiose 05/28/2015 8:00 AM EDT
Ola Abiose

Good afternoon, students, faculty, staff, family, friends, and the class of 2015. It’s such a privilege to be speaking with you today, especially because there were times this year I thought we’d never see it: weather nice enough for an outdoor…

By Roberto Rodriguez 05/28/2015 8:00 AM EDT
Roberto Rodriguez

Good afternoon. It’s a beautiful day here in Radcliffe Yard. Thank you to the Speakers Committee, to Dean Ryan. To this esteemed community and distinguished guests.To the 700 graduates and their families gathered this afternoon – Congratulations…

By Jill Anderson 05/27/2015 3:45 PM EDT
Deborah Jewell-Sherman

Students, who nominated Professor Deborah Jewell-Sherman — this year’s recipient of the Morningstar Family Teaching Award — praised her leadership, mentoring in and out of the classroom, and pedagogy. “DJS, as she affectionately allows…

By Jill Anderson 05/27/2015 1:56 PM EDT
Aaliyah El-Amin

As Aaliyah El-Amin finalizes seven years of work and research at HGSE and prepares to graduate, the Ed.D. Commencement marshal finds herself experiencing mixed emotions.“I’m excited to see all my work and effort culminate into something, and…

By Jill Anderson 05/27/2015 1:41 PM EDT
Marc Johnson

Though Marc Johnson, Ed.M.’99, returned to HGSE in 2009 as a doctoral candidate eager to focus on college presidencies and historically black colleges and universities, it was through his coursework that his interests expanded.During a class…

By News editor 05/27/2015 10:13 AM EDT
Commencement Sign

Photos by Iman Rastegari and Mike Rodman

By Jill Anderson 05/26/2015 4:15 PM EDT
Ventura Rodriguez

When Ventura Rodriguez, Ed.L.D.’15, walks the stage, diploma in hand, on Commencement day, he will do so accompanied by his three children. Not present on stage will be the large number of people who have helped him achieve this incredible…

By Jill Anderson 05/26/2015 3:59 PM EDT
Ansel Sanders

In many ways, Ansel Sanders’ work has come full circle since he arrived on Appian Way three years ago as part of the Ed.L.D. Program.Before coming to HGSE from Greenville, S.C., Sanders helped develop and launch an innovative school – the A.J.…

By Andrew Frishman 05/26/2015 1:47 PM EDT
Ed.L.D. Network

On May 15 and 16, nearly 100 students and alumni, representing all five Ed.L.D. cohorts, gathered on Appian Way for the first ever Ed.L.D. Network Convening. Organized by a committee of Ed.L.D. students, staff, and faculty, the theme of the convening…

By Brigham Fay 05/26/2015 12:39 PM EDT
Ed.L.D. networking

When they’re not working with schools and districts around the country, Nancy Gutierrez and Liliana Polo-McKenna sit next to each other in the offices of the NYC Leadership Academy. Both graduates of HGSE’s Doctor of Education Leadership…

By Jill Anderson 05/26/2015 11:28 AM EDT
Denise Juneau

Montana State Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau, Ed.M.’94, will receive the 2015 Alumni Council Award for Outstanding Contribution to Education and will be recognized during HGSE’s 2015 convocation ceremony on May 27.“It’s an…

By Marin Jorgensen 05/22/2015 2:00 PM EDT
Maya Ayoub

Maya Ayoub came to the Ed School with a background in several areas related to education — learning, developmental disabilities, early childhood — but she had no direct experience in the field. She enrolled in the Special Studies Program (SSP)…

By Marin Jorgensen 05/21/2015 2:41 PM EDT
Elyse Terry

As a teacher, clarifying her beliefs in teaching and learning was something Elyse Terry felt strongly she should do. So, she took a year away from teaching to explore her thinking in the Ed School’s Teacher Education Program (TEP). Now, as she…

By Jill Anderson 05/21/2015 10:57 AM EDT
Pamela Mason

Harvard Graduate School of Education Dean James Ryan announced that Pamela Mason, director of the Language and Literacy (L&L) master's program and the Jeanne Chall Reading Lab, has been promoted to the rank of senior lecturer.An expert in reading…

By Marin Jorgensen 05/20/2015 11:51 AM EDT
Jessica Lander

In the four years prior to coming to the Ed School, Jessica Lander’s work took her all over the world. From Charlestown, Massachusetts to Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Lander served as a teacher and a writer, and in various positions in education…


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