When education meets inspiration
The University of Rochester’s Warner School of Education recognized 46 doctoral graduates and conferred degrees to 199 master’s candidates during its commencement ceremony on May 22. Held in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre in downtown Rochester, the event respected COVID-19 health and safety guidelines, which included gathering limits, social distancing, and masking.
President Sarah Mangelsdorf praised the Class of 2021 for demonstrating patience, resilience, and creativity in response to the challenges presented by the pandemic, as well as for choosing “to dedicate your lives to one of the most noble professions: the education of future generations.”
Sarah Peyre, dean of the Warner School, added, “I’m honored to share this space with all of you as we recognize your many accomplishments and our shared dedication in believing that education can transform lives and make the world more just and humane.”
Instead of having commencement speakers, the Warner School celebrates each member of the graduating class with a brief profile, read aloud during the ceremony, that describes each person’s background, academic achievements, and career plans. “Get ready to be inspired,” said Peyre.