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315 students to graduate from the School of Education

Photo of UNC-BEST Graduates


The inaugural graduates of UNC-BEST gather in Peabody Hall. (front row, l to r) Devon Lategan, Monica Kim, Erin Burns, Jenny Holt. (back row, l to r) Aaron Foreman, Chase Martin, Benjamin Lin, Josh Lawrence.

Photo by Dan Sears

Former National Superintendent of the Year William R. McNeal will address the graduating class at the School of Education’s commencement ceremony on May 10, 2009. McNeal is the executive director of the N.C. Association of School Administrators in Raleigh, N.C., and a former superintendent of the Wake County (N.C.) Public School System.

Dean Bill McDiarmid will preside at the ceremony, to be held at noon in UNC’s Memorial Hall.

This year’s graduates include 101 baccalaureate, 156 master’s and 26 doctoral degree recipients, and 32 licensure completers.

The graduating class includes the first cohort of eight students who have completed UNC-BEST, a new program that encourages undergraduate science and mathematics majors at Carolina to become high-school teachers. Through this collaboration between the School of Education and the College of Arts and Sciences, eight biology and physics majors have earned their N.C. teaching licensure while simultaneously completing their undergraduate science degrees. All are seeking teaching positions in N.C. high schools.  

Following the commencement ceremony, the School of Education will host a reception in Peabody Hall for the graduates and their guests.