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On Wednesday, June 8 2011 the Faculty of Education celebrated the achievements of our graduates and welcomed their families and friends to Brock University’s Spring 2011 Convocation.
(excerpt from June 13, 2011 Brock News story by Samantha Craggs)
At the morning ceremony for graduates from the Faculty of Education’s Hamilton campus, Rudi Kroeker, chair of Brock’s Board of Trustees, addressed Convocation and handed out the Spirit of Brock Medal to undergraduate student Angela McGillion.
Professor Jennifer Rowsell, Canada Research Chair in Multiliteracies, delivered the morning Convocation address. She spoke about 21st century learning and told the crowd of graduating educators that it is an “exciting time to be a teacher.”
“Children, adolescents, teenagers, swim in sea of online and offline texts. As part of their daily routines they view, they tap, they click and they slide screens,” said Rowsell. “They move through two- and three-dimensional worlds, they speak across networks of friends and family, and they are often insistently online.
“This communication competence is both a blessing and a curse. The trouble is that as educators we still need to teach our students how to decode and encode printed books, and read poems, and study social studies textbooks. We need to teach students how to write formal essays, and how to complete math equations. And teaching all of these things is no easy feat.” A Dean’s Medal was awarded to Nicole Macri.
At the afternoon ceremony for graduates from the St. Catharines campus, Professor Michael Manley-Casimir, Graduate and Undergraduate Studies in Education, was presented with the Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching. He also delivered the Convocation address. The Spirit of Brock medal was presented to graduate student Danielle Hourigan, and a Dean’s Medal was presented to Cara Crandlemire.
For the complete Brock News story on the June 2011 Brock University Graduation Ceremonies , visit brocku.ca/brock-news/?p=10512