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Elon M.Ed. students receive degrees

Elon University leaders conferred degrees Saturday morning to students in the Master of Education program during a Commencement ceremony in Whitley Auditorium attended by faculty, staff, family and friends of the graduate students.

William Harrison (right), chair of the North Carolina State Board of Education, gave the keynote address on Aug. 21, 2010, to candidates for the Master of Education degree in the School of Education. School of Education Dean David Cooper stands in the center.

Thirty-five students took part in the Commencement exercise, with a 36th awarded his degree in absentia.

Elon University President Leo M. Lambert conferred the degrees and gave the charge to graduates.

“Great teachers are magicians,” Lambert said. “You change conformity into creativity. You change dependence into self-reliance. You change prejudice, and ignorance, into tolerance and self-respect. Magic follows you wherever you go.

“I charge you to remind yourself every day of this idea. The results of your life’s labor in education will continue to have influence decades from now and will echo into the generations ahead.”

The event featured an address by William C. Harrison, chairman of the North Carolina State Board of Education.

North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue appointed Harrison to the State Board of Education in March 2009. A native of Pennsylvania, he had previously served more than 11 years as superintendent in Cumberland County. He also has served as superintendent in Orange County and in Hoke County, in addition to his roles as an assistant superintendent in the Brunswick County Schools and as a principal and teacher.

His experience includes serving on numerous state commissions, most recently as co-chair of the Education Lottery Oversight Committee and as vice chair of the Military Child Education Coalition.

Candidates were joined in the Whitley Auditorium ceremony by family and friends.

Harrison earned his bachelor's degree in Intermediate Education from Methodist College in Fayetteville, a master's degree in Educational Administration and an education specialist degree in Education Administration from East Carolina University, and an educational doctorate in Education Administration from Vanderbilt University. 

"I want to begin by congratulating and thanking you," Harrison told the graduates. "The congratulations are obvious. You set an academic goal and today's celebration is evidence that you achieved it.

"The thank you is for your commitment to professional growth and demonstrating that you are a leader during these times that we truly need strong leadership. Leadership is not a position. It's about influence and credibility. Through your involvement in your program you have acquired additional skills to enhance your credibility and broader your sphere of influence."

Candidates for the Master of Education Degree:

Elizabeth Kaye Allen
B.A., Mars Hill College

Monnie Marie Davis Allison
A.B., Elon University

Nicole Lynn Betz
B.A., Walsh University

"The results of your life’s labor in education will continue to have influence decades from now and will echo into the generations ahead,” Elon University President Leo M. Lambert said in his charge to graduates.

Theresa Anna Bissonnette
B.S., Appalachian State University

Susan Broadbent
B.S., Slippery Rock University

Brandi Renee Burroughs
B.A., The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Francesca Chery
B.A., Hofstra University

Renée Michelle Craddock Combs
B.A., The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Kathryn Ann Cornett
B.S., East Tennessee State University

Janet Zung Craddock
B.A., Wheelock College

Graduates and their families gathered outside of Whitley Auditorium following the 10 a.m. ceremony.

Anadylia Cuadra-Miranda
B.S., Universidad Nacional Estatal a Distancia

Aral Paulette Galloway
B.S., Livingstone College

Francisco Garcia Felix
B.A., Centro de Actualización del Magisterio, Mexico

Linsey Marie Morgan Guyette
B.S., The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Gregory Lee Hardin
B.S., Appalachian State University

Lisa Michelle Himmelman
B.S., The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Meredith Caudle Hines
B.A., The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Thirty-five students took part in the Commencement exercise, with a 36th awarded his degree in absentia.

Kerry Toni Howard
B.A., B.Ed., Nipissing University

Stephanie Renee Ritch Hutchins
B.S., Campbell University

Samantha Lynn Jarecki
B.A., Oakland University

Erika Morgan Judd
B.S., Elon University

Tina Powell Kennedy
B.A., Averett University

Jimmy Wayne Knight
B.A.S., Guilford College

Sibyl Willette Lineberger Langley
B.S., The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Friends embrace in the minutes after the Commencement ceremony for students in the master's program for education.

Linsey Marie McCarthy
B.A., State University of New York at Plattsburgh

Jennifer Ashley Murphy
B.A., The University of North Carolina at Wilmington

Sarita Antoinette Palmer
B.Ed., University of the West Indies

Monica Renee Phelps
A.B., Elon University

Evie Sherell Massenburg Randolph
B.S., North Carolina Wesleyan College

Dina Jean Rieley
B.S., Radford University

Barbara McPherson Smith
B.S., East Carolina University

Stephen Walter Stiegel
B.A., Marshall University

Heather Adele Honyoust Tuggle
B.S., The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Rhonda Rogers Wood
B.A., Guilford College

Tracy Michelle Stokes Workman
B.A., The University of North Carolina at Wilmington

Bruce Kirby Young
B.A., Guilford College
 

Eric Townsend,
Staff
8/23/2010 5:19 PM