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The School of Education celebrated 219 graduates and licensure completers with a ceremony in the Dean Smith Center on May 13.

Mo Green, executive director of the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, gave the graduation address, telling graduates that it’s important for schools to teach character.

Graduates of the MEDX program pose before the School of Education's graduation ceremony

Graduates of the Master of Education for Experienced Teachers Program

“We must remember that intelligence is not enough,” Green said, citing Martin Luther King Jr. “Intelligence plus character -- that is the true goal of education.”

Prior to joining the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, one of the largest charitable foundations in North Carolina, Green spent 15 years in education, most recently as superintendent of Guilford County Schools.

“Indeed, in a world where a student’s residential status can extend beyond geographic boundaries of nation and state, and where technology exponentially increases our ability to achieve great good or great harm, it is not enough for our children to be smart,” Green said. “As the leaders of tomorrow and as the future guardians of the democratic society currently entrusted to us, they must be ethically grounded also.”

Fouad Abd-El-Khalick, presiding over his first School of Education graduation ceremony since becoming dean, challenged graduates to pursue educational careers that open doors of opportunity for others.

“If we have taught you anything, it is that you are in the business of education, and not in education as business,” he said. “You will recall that, more than any domain out there, education has the power to break down barriers, lift up individuals, and empower communities to rise and thrive. We know you are as committed as we are to realizing this transformative power of education.”

Photo of Dean Fouad Abd-El-Khalick and Mo Green on stage at the UNC School of Education's Graduation ceremony

Dean Fouad Abd-El-Khalick and Mo Green

Abd-El-Khalick, in his concluding remarks, urged graduates to keep in mind the importance of human imagination.

“ … [R]ecall that money markets do not make wealth, rockets do not get to space, computers do not make a trillion calculations in seconds, instruments do not make music, and presses cannot produce books,” he said. “Our world is not propelled by all these innovations and creations, but by the people who imagined and created them.

“People propel the world. You are in the business of building human spirit and human capital. Go out there! Propel the world!”

Text of Green, Abd-El-Khalick addresses

Text of Mo Green’s prepared remarks may be found here.

Text of Dean Fouad Abd-El-Khalick’s remarks may be found here.


We have videos from the graduation ceremony on the School’s YouTube channel.

The address by Mo Green is available here.

The remarks from Dean Abd-El-Khalick are here.

The welcome from Alumni Council President Michael Priddy is here.


You may view, comment on and share photos from the ceremony on the School of Education’s Facebook page.

You may download full-resolution photos at the School’s Smugmug gallery. (NOTE: You do not need to pay to download photos from the School’s Smugmug galleries.)