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Release: May 4, 2001

UI College of Education to honor new teachers May 11

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- New teachers graduating from the University of Iowa this spring will get a chance to walk across the stage twice this year -- once to receive their diplomas, and once to receive their teaching certificates.

The UI College of Education will hold its inaugural Teacher Certification Ceremony at
8 p.m. Friday, May 11. The program, which is limited to teaching graduates and their guests, will include a keynote address by Iowa First Lady Christie Vilsack, presentation of the teaching certificates and mementos, as well as refreshments.

Nearly 200 aspiring teachers are expected to graduate this year, and 138 are expected to take part in the May 11 ceremony.

"Because all College of Education students are also Liberal Arts majors, they will take part in the College of Liberal Arts commencement May 12," said College of Education Dean Sandra Damico. "But we also wanted to give our new teachers a more personal sendoff, to let them know how valued they are as the next generation of educators."

The Teacher Certification Ceremony will be an ongoing event, held each spring and fall to coincide with graduation.

EDITORS NOTE: Although this event is closed to the public, media interested in covering the ceremony may contact Stephen Pradarelli at 384-0007.