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Commencement @ TC

Teachers College, Columbia University

Convocation speeches from Teachers College's Masters and Doctoral Ceremonies. Speakers have included Andrew Cuomo, Randi Weingarten, Lee Shulman, Dr. Ruth Westheimer, Dr. Jill Biden, Spike Lee, Gloria Ladon-Billings and many other luminaries in the fields of education, policy and art.



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Jun 29, 2011 Andres Alonso
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Andres Alonso, CEO of Baltimore City Schools, spoke and received his medal at the first of two master's degree ceremonies on Tuesday, May 17th. Alonso, who arrived in the United States at age 12 from Cuba, speaking no English, holds four Ivy League degrees. In his late 20s, he left a promising law career to teach in Newark, and eventually became deputy chancellor of New York City's public school system. Three years ago, he accepted the top schools post in Baltimore, where more than four-fifths...
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Jun 29, 2011 Traci LeighJohnson, Teachers College, Columbia University
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Traci Johnson, who received her master's degree in International Development and Education (with a concentration in Peace Studies), spoke at the second master?s degree ceremony of "the transformative potential of education." Johnson said her work at TC provided her with her first encounter with both the evidence and consequences of poverty and educational inequity. She learned, she said, that "inevitably we will enter spaces that are shaped by inequity," requiring us to...
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Jun 28, 2011 Linda Darling-Hammond
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Linda Darling-Hammond, Charles E. Ducommun Professor of Education at Stanford University, spoke and received the TC medal at the doctoral hooding ceremony on Wednesday, May 18th. Darling-Hammond, who taught for many years at Teachers College and is also a former president of the American Educational Research Association, is known as a leading architect of whole school reform and changes in teacher education. A former public school teacher, she has founded a charter school in one of the nation?s...
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Jun 28, 2011 Bob Herber
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Bob Herbert, who recently left the New York Times after a long run as one of its leading columnists, spoke and received his medal at the second master's degree ceremony, also on May 17th. Herbert is the author of the 2005 book, Promises Betrayed: Waking up from the American Dream. Before joining the Times, he served as a city editor with The Newark Star-Ledger, held a number of positions with The Daily News and was also a television news commentator. The journalist T.A. Frank has called him...
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Jun 8, 2010 Master's Degree Ceremony, Teachers College, Columbia University
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2010 Commencement, Patrick Ko
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Jun 8, 2010 Master's Degree Ceremony, Teachers College, Columbia University
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2010 Commencement, Jaymie Stein
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Jun 8, 2010 Jill Biden, Community College Educator and wife of Vice President Joseph Biden
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2010 Commencement, Jill Biden
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Jun 8, 2010 Spike Lee, Filmmaker, Master's Degree Ceremony
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2010 Commencement, Spike Lee
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Jun 8, 2010 Susan Fuhrman, Teachers College, Columbia University
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2010 Commencement, Susan Fuhrman
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Jun 8, 2010 Richard Mills, Former Education Commissioner of New York State
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2010 Commencement, Richard Mills
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Jun 8, 2010 Gail Collins, New York Times Columnist, Master's Degree Ceremony
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2010 Commencement, Gail Collins
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May 29, 2009 Cory Booker, Mayor of Newark, New Jersey
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May 28, 2009 Susan Fuhrman, President of Teachers College
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May 27, 2009 Susan Fuhrman, President of Teachers College
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May 27, 2009 Hareem Khan, a student in the Curriculum and Teaching Program
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May 27, 2009 Nisrin Elamin, a student in the Comparative and International Education Program
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May 27, 2009 Antoinette Gentile, Professor Emerita of Movement Science at Teachers College
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May 27, 2009 Susan Fuhrman, President of Teachers College
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May 27, 2009 Judith Shapiro, the former President of Barnard College
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Jun 16, 2008 Freeman Hrabowski, The University of Maryland, Baltimore County
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Jun 16, 2008 Thomas Kean, Former Governor of New Jersey
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Jun 16, 2008 Charles Rangel, US Congress
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Jun 16, 2008 Benjamin Carson, Johns Hopkins Medicine
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Jun 16, 2008 William G. Bowen, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
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Jun 16, 2008 Frances Hesselbein, Peter F. Drucker Foundation for Nonprofit Management
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Jun 16, 2008 Dr. Ruth Westheimer, noted sex therapist and author
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Jun 16, 2008 David Halberstam, author and reporter
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Jun 16, 2008 K. Patricia Cross, Professor Emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley
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May 22, 2008 Randi Weingarten, President of The United Federation of Teachers
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May 22, 2008 Gloria Ladson-Billings, University of Wisconsin-Madison
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May 21, 2008 Andrew M. Cuomo, Attorney General of the State of New York
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May 20, 2008 Shirley Jackson, President of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
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women in science,
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May 20, 2008 Thomas Sobol, Professor Emeritus and Former New York State Commissioner of Education
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Education policy, Elementary and secondary education reform
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May 19, 2008 Lee Shulman, President of the Carnegie Foundation for Advancement of Teaching
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Masters, commencement, education in the fields of religion, medicine, science and mathematics