Buies Creek, N.C.-Campbell University's School of Education commissioned 83 students about to enter the fields of education, psychology and social work on Friday, Feb. 26, in the John W. Pope Jr. Convocation Center.
Keynote speaker Dr. Edward Croom, superintendent of the Johnston County Schools, addressed the students who are scheduled to begin practice teaching and other internships this spring.
"It is very important that your experience during this part of your education be positive and successful," he said. "The way you exit this part of your education will greatly impact your career. It is critical to maintain relationships and good, open communication. You're in professions that are really affected by communication," Croom said. "Make sure you give each day and each child an honest effort."
The School of Education also handed out outstanding student awards to Sara Beth Felts, a social work major from Fayetteville, N.C.; Valerie Elaine Martin, a psychology and religion double major from Yadkinville, N.C.; and Cassie Webb, an elementary education major from Wilson, N.C. Sarah Monks, a psychologist in the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County schools, and Elsa Sears, a social worker with the Harnett County Schools, received the Outstanding Alumna Award for achievement in their fields.
The School of Education Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Ester Howard, a 1944 graduate of Campbell College, who went on to create a 43-year career as a teacher in the Harnett County School System and Supervisor of Elementary Education for the Harnett County Schools.
"This day will make us very proud," said Campbell President Dr. Jerry M. Wallace. "These students will go out into the world and do good things just like those who came before them. That is what Campbell is all about."
Photo Copy: Campbell student Jaime Zablocki is pinned by Dr. Gary Taylor, chair of the Psychology Department, at a School of Education Commissioning ceremony held on Feb. 26. (Photo by Bennett Scarborough)