"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
Did you miss this year's Convocation & Celebration? Watch the full ceremony.
For 30 years, each fall and spring, hundreds of UNI Teacher Education students, their family and friends have filled the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center for the UNI Teacher Education Induction Convocation. In spring 2022, after cancellations due to COVID-19 precautions, the UNI Teacher Education Convocation and Celebration returned on April 6, 2022, at the McLeod Center.
Through the years, this special ceremony has recognized students who have been accepted into the UNI Teacher Education Program, marking a milestone in your preparation toward becoming a teacher. In past ceremonies, University officials, faculty and a keynote speaker opened with brief congratulatory remarks. Student honorees were then officially “presented” to the President of the University, or his official representative, as candidates for teacher preparation. Students would then take the traditional “walk of recognition” as their names were read, crossing the GBPAC stage, shaking hands with members of the Teacher Education faculty leadership and receiving a certificate and pin symbolic of their achievement.
After a pause since fall 2019, the 2022 celebration served as a bridge between convocations of the past and a revitalization for future convocations. "We recognize many students now here have not attended a convocation. We want to honor their commitment thus far toward becoming a teacher," says Benjamin Forsyth, director of educator preparation in the COE Advising & Teacher Education Success office. "At the same time, we are moving toward a celebration of all our teacher education students."
The 2022 celebration acknowledged the diversity of teaching majors and all attending received the cherished teacher education pin which acknowledges their dedication to the teaching profession and the UNI Teacher Education Program. Mike Fisher, superintendent of Charles City schools at the time, served as guest speaker, with area superintendents and Ann Lebo, director, Iowa Department of Education, also attending.
Scheduling is pending on the timing of the next celebration, post-COVID.