College of Education Pinning Ceremony honors May 2022 graduates

May 2022 Teacher Education Pinning Ceremony

Purdue University College of Education honored the May graduates during the Teacher Education Pinning Ceremony on May 13, 2022. The Ceremony was held in the Stewart Center Loeb Playhouse on Purdue’s West Lafayette campus.

Graduates of the teacher education programs received a lapel pin and a copy of the “Teacher’s Creed,” which they recited to conclude the program. The “Teachers Creed” states, in part, I am a teacher. I change the world one student at a time.

Keynote speaker for this year’s ceremony was Sharita Ware, the 2022 Indiana Teacher of the Year. Mrs. Ware is an alumna of the College of Education. After completing her undergraduate degree in Industrial Engineering Technology from Purdue Polytechnic Institute, she earned a Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction, specializing in Engineering Technology. She also earned a certification in Project Lead the Way’s Gateway to Technology program for middle schools. Mrs. Ware is in her tenth year of teaching in the Tippecanoe School Corporation.

Purdue’s College of Education meets the challenges of educating 21st Century learners by discovering what works in education. The College prepares highly qualified educators and conducts research that informs how teachers teach and students learn. With a focus on integrated P-12 STEM education and a commitment to social justice and diversity, graduates are prepared to be leaders in education, business, and society.

The agenda included prepared remarks from:

  • Welcome from Dr. Kathryn Obenchain, Assistant Dean for Learning, Engagement and Global Initiatives
  • Remarks by Dr. Nancy Marchand-Martella, the Suzi and Dale Gallagher Dean of Education
  • Keynote Speaker Mrs. Sharita Ware, 2022 Indiana Teacher of the Year, East Tipp Middle School Teacher
  • Presentation of New Professionals from Mr. Joshua Roadruck, Academic Advisor
  • Recitation of the Teacher’s Creed led by Dr. David Eichinger, Associate Professor of Science Education and 150th Anniversary Professor
  • Closing Remarks by Dr. Jacquelyn Thomas-Miller, Director of the Office of Advising and Retention