A new class of educators pledge to lifelong learning

May 03, 2013

Thirty one graduating students in Northeastern University’s Department of Education were recognized by the department faculty for achieving a minor in education at a ceremony held on Thursday, May 2. Northeastern University Commencement followed on Friday, March 3.

In her opening remarks, Dr. Holly Carter, chair for the department, talked about the importance of educators, especially in today’s society. Carter said that she is often “struck by colleagues or individuals who say I’m here because teacher X cared and pushed me to my fulfillment.”

Carter credited the faculty for being the “foundation of the department” and recognized Dr. Alison Dover, faculty member and guest speaker. Dover told students, “You’ve chosen this because you have passion for this work, for this field.” As she reflected on watching students develop as educators, she said, “I hope each and every one of you teaches with passion … hold onto that spark.”

Students were presented with certificates, pins and cords by faculty from the department, and then Dr. Polly Attwood led them in reciting a professional pledge.

Before students were sent off to enjoy a weekend of graduation festivities, Carter told them, “Not only have you done it; you’ve done it extraordinarily well.”

Most Northeastern University undergraduates in in the College of Arts, Media & Design, College of Science, and College of Social Sciences & Humanities may choose to minor in education. The Department of Education minor is affiliated with the College of Professional Studies.


Founded in 1898, Northeastern is a comprehensive, global research university. The university offers more than 80 undergraduate majors and more than 165 graduate programs, ranging from professional master’s degrees to interdisciplinary PhD programs. Northeastern’s research enterprise is aligned with three national imperatives: health, security and sustainability. Northeastern students participate in co-op and other forms of experiential learning in 90 countries on all seven continents.

Northeastern University’s College of Professional Studies (CPS) is committed to providing career-focused educational programs that are designed to accommodate the complex lives of motivated learners. Offered in a variety of innovative formats, CPS courses are taught by accomplished scholars and practitioners who have real-world experience. The result is an educational experience founded on proven scholarship, strengthened with practical application, and sustained by academic excellence.