"The Teacher Education Induction Convocation is an important event for teaching majors and for the teacher education faculty at the University of Northern Iowa.
- It acknowledges that teaching is a very special profession made up of men and women highly dedicated to the future of the young people they teach.
- It witnesses that selecting teaching as a career is a moral decision, a decision to dedicate one's self to the future of others and to the future of our country.
- It confirms that it is through high quality education that we have the best chance of establishing and preserving stable democracy throughout the world." -- Dr. Thomas Switzer, Dean College of Education, UNI, October, 1995
Convocation Marks Milestone in Teacher Preparation
Note: In light of COVID-19, the Teacher Education Induction Convocation will not be held this fall 2020 or spring 2021.
Each fall and spring, hundreds of UNI Teacher Education students, their family and friends fill the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center for the UNI Teacher Education Induction Convocation.
This special ceremony recognizes students who have been accepted into the UNI Teacher Education Program. It marks a milestone in your preparation toward becoming a teacher.
The semester following your acceptance into the program, you will receive an invitation from the Office of Teacher Education to attend the convocation. An RSVP is required to assist with preparation and planning. All UNI Teacher Education faculty members are invited to witness this honor.
The ceremony begins with brief congratulatory remarks from University officials, faculty and a keynote speaker. Student honorees are then officially “presented” to the President of the University, or his official representative, as candidates for teacher preparation. You then will join in the traditional “walk of recognition,” where your name is announced as you cross the GBPAC stage, shake hands with members of the Teacher Education faculty leadership and receive a certificate and pin symbolic of your achievement. Refreshments are served in the lobby of the GBPAC following the recessional march.
Family and friends are encouraged to attend and witness your induction into the profession.