Credential Ceremony Celebrations!
Students from each program offered heartfelt speeches, reflecting their passion for teaching, the hard work and dedication it required to get through it all, and the bright hopes they have for their careers in education. Speakers included Jenny Fung (Education Specialist Program), Tracy Olson (Single Subject Credential Program), Megan Gauci, Jessica Sully and Lauren Everett (Multiple Subject Program).
University President Ruben Arminana participated in Tuesday's ceremony, and Vice President of Student Affairs Matthew Lopez Phillips in Wednesday's; both administrators commented on the lasting impact that these teachers will have on the lives of today's children. Concluding each program, Dean Carlos Ayala provided a future outlook that is promising for the teaching profession, projecting many veteran teacher retirements in the next few years, and a smaller pool of new teacher to fill those positions. He congratulated these graduates for the leap of faith and courage that it took for many of them to make personal sacrifices, take on personal debt, and quit their jobs to embark on the important job of becoming a teacher in the California Public Schools.