School of Education Commencement Ceremony 2017

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  • Where and when will Commencement be held?

    School of Education Commencement Ceremony will be held at 5 p.m. on the Sonoma State University campus at the Green Music Center’s Weill Hall and Weill Lawn and Terrace on Sunday, May 21, 2017. NO FLOWERS OR GLITTER INSIDE WEILL HALL.

  • Who is eligible to walk?

Any student completing a credential program, or a graduate of Early Childhood Studies or Master's program in Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017 or Summer 2017 is eligible to walk. In case of extenuating circumstances, exemptions will be granted on a one-on-one basis for students completing in Fall 2017. If you need an exemption, please contact your Department Chair.

  • Commencement 2017 Student Speaker

We are pleased to announce the 2017 School of Education Commencemtn Student Speakers.

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Kenneth Hamilton, Early Childhood Studies Major
Undergraduate Student Speaker

Kenneth Hamilton was born and raised in Stockton, CA. He has transfer transcripts from University of Nevada: Las Vegas, San Joaquin Delta College, Fresno City and Clovis Community. Kenneth also worked as special education paraprofessional for a number of years while in school half time. His ultimate goal is to be a TK teacher and eventually go to back to school to become a school psychologist. Kenneth has always enjoyed being around children for the sake of their silliness and natural curiosity. He believes that adults lose that when they grow up, and working with children makes one younger(ish), or so they say.

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Amy Atchley, Special Education Credential Program
Credential Candidate Student Speaker

Amy Atchley grew up in Redlands, CA.  At 14, she set off to experience life at Phillips Academy, Andover, a distinguished boarding school full of interesting people. Amy then spent some time working in Minnesota and then started college at the University of Oregon, and finally graduated with high honors from Davidson Honors College at the University of Montana-Missoula with a B.A. in English and a Math Minor.  After college, she worked as a teacher at the Hyde School in Maine, using character-based education strategies to help students achieve in school and life.  For the next few years, Amy enjoyed child development directly, by staying at home with her son and daughter.  She then came to Sonoma State to earn her California State teaching credential in Special Education.  Amy enjoys volunteering for community and educational events and started an annual hands-on arts and science event for all ages, called the River Montessori Creator Faire.

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Adriana Macias, MA in Educational Admininstration
Masters Degree Candidate Speaker

Adriana Macias received her B.A. in Chicano/a Latino/a Studies in 2006. In 2008, she received her Bilingual Teaching Credential from the School of Education. After teaching for six years, she knew that she wanted to pursue an Educational Administrative Credential and create more of an effective change in education. In 2016, Adriana graduated and received her Administrative Credential. She did not want to stop there, so she decided to pursue an M.A. in Educational Leadership while becoming an agent of change one day at a time. Adriana feels blessed and honored. She would like to thank God, her loving family adn two children, including her outstanding professors and SSU staff. She is very grateful for her mother who has supported every step of the way. She wishes all the graduating class of 2017 to impact the world and make a difference one day at a time!

  • What will graduates and credential candidates wear?

  1. Undergraduate (Early Childhood Studies)- If you are receiving a bachelor’s degree, you will wear the traditional black cap and gown. All graduates are encouraged to order regalia early to ensure correct size. You may order at the University Bookstore or at the HerffJones website.
  2. Credential Candidates (Multiple Subject, Single Subject, Special Education and Educational Leadership) must wear professional attire.
  3. Masters Graduates - Master's degree recipients will be hooded on stage. Students will bring thier hoods around thier arm. You may order your cap and gown at the University Bookstore or at the HerffJones website.
  • How and when will tickets be distributed?

Tickets will be available for pick up in Seawolf Plaza on a school-by-school basis between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. from April 24-28 and May 1-5. In the case of rain, ticket distribution will be held inside the Student Center. To pick up tickets, students must provide a photo ID and sign for them. Graduates also should be prepared to indicate if any of their guests sitting inside Weill Hall are wheelchair-bound and/or in need of an American Sign Language interpreter.

Friday, April 28: School of Education

Monday, May 1: School of Education

Should circumstances prevent graduates from getting tickets at these dates and times, they should email the Green Music Center Box Office to request an appointment to either pick them up them by May 15 or to retrieve them at Will Call the day of Commencement. The email must include a copy of a photo ID of the graduate, number of tickets needed and the name of the individual picking up the tickets. Graduates should include special seating notes (i.e., guest is wheelchair bound, guest will need ASL interpretation, etc.)

  • How many guest tickets for indoor seating in Weil Hall will graduates/credential candidates receive?

We encourage all graduates' family and friends to attend Commencement, but because of limited seating inside Weill Hall, each graduate will be allocated two tickets for reserved guest seating either in the hall itself or the first few rows of outdoor seats.

The Weill Hall Lawn and Terrace can accommodate more than 3,000 guests, and friends and family who do not receive tickets to sit inside the hall, will find ample seating outdoors. No tickets will be required to view Commencement from the Lawn and Terrace, and seating will be first-come-first-serve. Just like patrons who attend concerts at the GMC in the summer, those on the Lawn and Terrace will have a “front row” view of what takes place on the stage via the jumbotrons located outside the hall, and the state-of-the-art sound system will assure that each graduate’s name will be heard by all. Seats will be provided for everyone in the outdoor Commencement audience.


  • When should graduates or credential candidates arrive?

Graduates should arrive one hour prior to their ceremony time and enter through the Schroeder Hall lobby doors, at the south end of the Music Education Building. Graduates will line up by Schroeder Hall in preparation for the processional.

  • Where and when should guests enter the Green Music Center?

Guests who will be seated in Weill Hall should enter through the main entrance to the hall. Ushers will be available to provide guidance and to answer questions.

Guests who will be seated outdoors may enter the gates to the Weill Hall Lawn and Terrace at the south end of the Music Education Building. Ushers will be available to provide guidance and to answer questions.

All seating venues for the ceremony will open approximately an hour before the ceremony.

  • Where should guests park?

Parking is free on Commencement day. The lots directly adjacent to the Green Music Center (Lots M, N, O, P) provide the closest general and disabled parking. Lots G and H are also within walking distance. Guests may use the pick-up and drop-off lane in front of the Music Education Building to assist guests with limited mobility.