See photos from the School of Education's Fall 2016 commencement celebration

January 25, 2017

School of Education graduate and family

At the end of each semester, Colorado State University's School of Education holds a commencement celebration to honor its graduating students. The celebration is a time for these graduates to gather with family, friends, and faculty to recognize and commemorate their accomplishments.

Held in the Durrell seminar room just before the graduation ceremony in Moby Arena, the Fall 2016 Commencement Celebration offered guests a selection of hors d'oeuvres, including a chocolate fondue fountain. While graduates and guests enjoyed the food, faculty members from each specialization honored each SoE student earning a diploma.

"It's not for the faint of heart," said William Timpson, professor and coordinator of the Education Sciences specialization, speaking of the journey through a post-graduate degree program. "Perseverance is key. So know that these people have made a huge sacrifice and I, for one, am confident in our future."

Graduates were offered the opportunity to share thoughts on their experiences in the programs and their research or final projects, and to thank those who provided support and encouragement.

"I remember looking at the program of study and thinking, 'Yeah, four years. I'll get this done,'" said Jason Clarke, a Ph.D. graduate from the Education Sciences specialization. "Now here I am, seven years later, and it's a little bit surreal, to be honest."

"Sierra, my wife, has definitely been a huge help in lessening my stress as I went through the program," said Eric Freson, a graduate of the Student Affairs in Higher Education master's degree program. "I don't think I could have predicted the amount of personal and professional growth and development that the SAHE program provided for me."

Graduates expressed feelings of relief and joy at the end of their post-doctoral journeys, and enthusiasm and hope for opportunities to bring their newfound knowledge and experiences to the wider world.

"I'm not sure exactly what I'm going to do next," said Amy Rubinson, another Ph.D. graduate from the Education Sciences program. "But I am looking for job opportunities and we'll see where I go. The doors are open!"

"I have two amazing daughters, Shaylyn and Jada, and I want them to take this day as an example that anything is possible," said Lori Lander, a Ph.D. graduate from the Higher Education Leadership program. "No matter who you are or what your identities are, it's always possible."

See photos from the Fall 2016 School of Education Commencement Celebration on Flickr.

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