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By News editor 05/26/2016 8:38 AM EDT
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Immediately following the morning University Exercises, HGSE diplomas and certificates are awarded to all graduates on stage in Radcliffe Yard. Dean Ryan will speak briefly, after which graduates will be individually presented with degrees and will…

By Bari Walsh 05/26/2016 8:00 AM EDT

Words of celebration and inspiration as HGSE presents Convocation honors.

By Donovan Livingston 05/25/2016 4:40 PM EDT
Donovon Livingston

The remarks of Donovan Livingston, Ed.M.'16, student speaker at HGSE's 2016 Convocation exercises.

By Fernando Reimers 05/25/2016 4:32 PM EDT
Fernando Reimers

The prepared remarks of Professor Fernando Reimers, student-selected faculty speaker at HGSE's 2016 Convocation exercises.

By News editor 05/25/2016 3:30 PM EDT

Note: This story will be updated throughout Commencement week. New items will be added to the top of the file and run in reverse-chronological order.

By Jill Anderson 05/25/2016 2:42 PM EDT
Gretchen Brion-Meisels

Lecturer Gretchen Brion-Meisels was presented with the Morningstar Family Teaching Award at Convocation exercises on May 25.

By Jill Anderson, By Michael Rodman 05/25/2016 8:37 AM EDT

Photos will be added to the slideshow throughout this week's events.

By Marin Jorgensen 05/23/2016 11:35 AM EDT
Estefania Rodriguez

Estefania Rodriguez’s passion lies in transforming urban education. And, in coming to the Ed School, she discovered that, as a teacher, she has the power to make substantial change happen.“I thought I needed to be more than a teacher to…

By Marin Jorgensen 05/19/2016 4:41 PM EDT
Iliana Gutierrez

After years of teaching small children, it was clear to Iliana Gutierrez how much good picture books can do to enhance classroom discussions and improve the learning experiences of young students.“Picture books have a way of conveying a message…

By Marin Jorgensen 05/19/2016 4:19 PM EDT
Brian Mitchell, HEP'16

Brian Mitchell’s path to a career in higher education was not a traditional one. The bulk of his professional life was spent in marketing in the private sector, before being recruited by the Goizueta Business School at Emory University to be…

By Matt Weber 05/19/2016 2:53 PM EDT
Harvard EdCast: Helping Children Succeed

Paul Tough's best-selling book, How Children Succeed, shined a light on how noncognitive factors like curiosity, conscientiousness, and grit — the qualities that make up a child's character — contribute to long-term success in the classroom. An…

By Jill Anderson 05/19/2016 2:24 PM EDT
David Deming

Associate Professor David Deming has been promoted to full professor of education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Deming is an economist interested in educational inequality and the impact of education policies on long-term outcomes.…

By Marin Jorgensen 05/18/2016 4:09 PM EDT
Rachel Hanebutt

Troubled by the frequent reports of race-related aggression in the news, Rachel Hanebutt decided to get involved.“I wanted to become a part of the conversation of decreasing interpersonal violence, starting with the ways we educate…

By Lory Hough 05/18/2016 12:00 PM EDT
By All Means

The first convening of the By All Means initiative — a partnership between six cities and the Education Redesign Lab at HGSE to eliminate the link between children’s socioeconomic status and achievement — was held on May 17.

By News editor 05/17/2016 6:39 PM EDT

Harvard Graduate School of Education Dean James Ryan announced today the Saul Zaentz Early Childhood Initiative at HGSE — a major investment in transforming early childhood education in the United States. The first initiative of its kind, it…

By Marin Jorgensen 05/17/2016 3:08 PM EDT
Martiza Torres, SLP'16

A first-generation college student, whose parents immigrated to the United States from Mexico, Maritza Torres dreamed of one day completing a degree at Harvard. And on May 26, 2016, that goal will be realized when she receives her master’s in…

By Andrew Bauld 05/17/2016 11:07 AM EDT

Tarajean Yazzie-Mintz, Ed.D.’02, is the 2016 recipient of the Alumni Council Award for Outstanding Contribution to Education. Yazzie-Mintz, currently a senior program officer for early childhood education initiatives and co-director of the…

By Marin Jorgensen 05/16/2016 11:53 AM EDT
Shifting Perspective: Jamarcus Purley, EPM'16

Educational opportunities should never be dictated by a person’s finances, says Jamarcus Purley. This is a belief he’s held since his childhood in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, when he witnessed many in his community miss out on college solely due to its…

By Marin Jorgensen 05/13/2016 9:00 AM EDT
Jane Lee, HDP'16

If Jane Lee was sure about one thing when she came to the Ed School, it was that she wasn’t going to let the “Harvard experience” pass her by.“I was excited to be a student again, to go to school every day, meet some amazing…

By Marin Jorgensen 05/12/2016 9:00 AM EDT
The Practice of Freedom: Julissa Muniz, PSP'16

When Julissa Muñiz left her home state of California to enroll in HGSE’s Prevention Science and Practice (PSP) Program, she had some concerns. Namely, would she survive her first New England winter?“My biggest fear before attending HGSE…


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