In the midst of a continuing pandemic, Black Friday and a national holiday weekend, more than 250 graduates of the University of Northern Iowa College of Education completed their degrees, as recognized in an online commencement on November 28.
“This has been a semester reflecting the resilience shown since last spring, but with added resolve,” said Colleen S. Mulholland, dean of the college. “Together, our students, faculty and staff adjusted and continued to move forward. And now, our graduates celebrate the culmination of years of commitment to their studies. We wish them all the best.”
The College of Education prepares students in multiple programs. Fall graduates include the college’s early childhood, elementary, middle level dual and K-12 physical education majors who are part of the UNI Teacher Education program, many of whom earned endorsements in areas including special education and literacy education.
Other graduates prepared for careers related to leisure, youth and human services (now called recreation, tourism and nonprofit leadership), public health and education, athletic training and rehabilitation studies and movement and exercise science.
At the graduate level, the variety was just as impressive, with students earning their master’s in areas such as school library studies, postsecondary education: student affairs, leisure, youth and human services, health education, principalship, literacy education, athletic training, kinesiology and sport performance, instructional technology and special education. The doctoral program also granted the Doctor of Education this fall.
Among this fall’s graduates were Sarri Happel, movement and exercise science; and Chloe Pflughaupt and Annie Efting, elementary education.