CEP cords Fall 2016 graduates from teacher preparation programs

January 30, 2017

CEP Cording Fall 2016

This fall, more than 45 Center for Educator Preparation students received a light-blue cord, marking them as educators among their fellow graduates in their respective content areas. For nearly 10 years, CEP faculty has recognized the hard work of candidates completing the Teacher or Principal Preparation Program through this biannual Cording Ceremony.

"Training to become an educator requires a lot of time and dedication. We realized about 7 years ago that our students completing our program were not intentionally honored for their hard work," said CEP Academic Support and Educator Preparation Coordinator Ben Bongers, who coordinates the Cording Ceremony. "We wanted to establish a ceremony to signify the beginning of their careers as educators, and recognize their hard work in completing the program."

Friends, family, and faculty gathered in the University Center for the Arts' Organ Recital Hall to commemorate the achievements of these students, and to help welcome them into the profession of teaching.

Among those receiving a cord at the ceremony, Daniel Carr, Morgan Hunt, and Kaylin Koslosky were recognized for receiving a scholarship from the NOYCE Scholarship Program. These students were awarded $10,000 per year to pursue teaching careers in science, technology, engineering, and math.

"A condition of receiving their scholarship is that they teach one year in a high-needs school district for each semester they accept their scholarship," said Bongers. "We like to recognize these students as honored graduates from our program."

See photos of the Fall 2016 Cording Ceremony on Flickr.

Contact:  Melissa Pickett

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