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OISE Convocation Fall 2011


OISE celebrates the achievements of 324 new graduates


November 10, 2011

by Sabrina Persaud


On November 9, 2011, 324 graduates of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) of the University of Toronto received PhD, EdD, MA, MEd, MT, MA(T), BEd in P/J; J/I; I/S; Technological Education degrees, and Diplomas in Technological Education at Convocation ceremonies at the University of Toronto's historic Convocation Hall, where they were joined by family, friends and members of the OISE community in marking the occasion, and honoured for their achievements and contributions to academia.

Accomplished researcher and history teacher, Professor Kenneth Bartlett, spoke to the education graduates about the exciting prospects they face in the future, emphasizing that, at OISE, students experience rich opportunities to learn about diversity and change first-hand, and how their new skills  translate to the changing, multi-faceted world today.  “What we celebrate here is a reality, that Toronto has become the most diverse city in the world, and the change has largely taken place peacefully,” he said.

Many graduates felt excitement, both at the prospect of finally 'arriving' with a degree, and at the future, and the direction that OISE has prepared them to pursue.  Daniella Biondic, Dillon Browne and Sharon To were among several graduates who have chosen to extend their time at OISE and continue their studies.  “OISE is a place where I am supported by my professors, peers and the greater OISE community, that is why I chose to stay on here to continue my studies,” Daniella explained.  All three students graduated with a MA in School and Clinical Child Psychology and will continue with doctoral studies.

Among the graduates, were 22 educators from the first Peel District School Board cohort in the M.Ed. in Educational Administration, with a focus on School Success, Leadership and Equity.  These new graduates will continue their work as educators in the Peel District School Board.  (see photo)

At a reception in the OISE Library following the Convocation, Sema Kenan, President of the OISE Alumni Association, extended a warm welcome to the newly minted alumni as they officially joined the ranks of more than 70,000 OISE alumni world-wide who have graduated from the faculty since 1907.

The November 9th Convocation ceremony is now archived and available for viewing on the University's Convocation website. Pictured above are three OISE graduates who were featured on the University's homepage banner on November 9th, from left to right: Stanley Doyle-Wood, Joyce Zhu and Sara Carpenter.