Campbellsville University’s School of Education pins and hoods graduates in ceremony

Campbellsville University’s School of Education pins and hoods graduates in ceremony

Dec. 19, 2014
For Immediate Release


Campbellsville University’s School of Education graduates who were pinned and hooded in a ceremony Dec. 12 include, from left: Back row - Dr. Donna Hedgepath, dean of the School of Education; Jarrod Fenwick of Lebanon, Ky.; Courtney Wilson of Russell Springs, Ky.; Jeremy Bell of Harlan, Ky.; Carla Simpson of Elizabethtown, Ky.; Zach Cox of Elkhorn, Ky.; Jennifer Newton of St. Francis, Ky.; Rita Cox of Nancy, Ky.; Brittany McMahan of Campbellsville, Ky.; Ashley Hatcher of Owensboro, Ky.; and Meryl Settle of Munfordsville, Ky. Front row - Gayla Tungate of Lebanon, Ky.; Samantha Vanhoose of Flatwoods, Ky.; Samantha Coomer of Campbellsville, Ky; Sarah Dodd of Louisville, Ky.; Emily Wesley of Danville, Ky.; Angela Miller of Bowling Green, Ky.; and Seth McFerrin of Old Hickory, Tenn. (Campbellsville University Photo by Drew Tucker)

 

By Drew Tucker, communications assistant

CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. – “This is a special time in your life and in your career that is a whole new chapter in your life,” said Dr. Donna Hedgepath, dean of Campbellsville University’s School of Education, at the pinning and hooding ceremony Dec. 12 in The Gheens Recital Hall in the Gosser Fine Arts Center on campus.

Gayla Tungate, a graduate of Lebanon, Ky. said a quote from Thomas Edison summed up many things, “Vision without execution is hallucination.”

“My vision is now reality,” she said. “Like many of those sitting before me, it has been a long road and has seemed like the end was just a hallucination. My vision began a long time ago in a county not so far away.”

She said she had a dream of becoming a teacher while in the first grade and wanted to grow up to help people. Because she knew that she was meant to teach at such a young age, it has given her a love and passion for teaching.

“I am sure this is true for so many who love to see the smile on a child’s face when they achieve something they never thought they could,” she said. “Those smiles are why we are here and why so many of us are called to this profession.”

 
Gayla Tungate talks about her vision becoming a
reality
. (Campbellsville University Photo by Drew
Tucker)

“One day, I hope to have impacted a student’s life, and I can feel that my new vision isn’t a hallucination.”
Hedgepath said to stay tough and always stay focused on contributing to the life of a child.

“My prayer for you is that you find purpose as you help children develop – academically, socially, emotionally and spiritually. Every child is special and unique, but keep in mind that a child may not always remember your curriculum, but they’ll always remember how you made them feel and how you did minister to them,” she said.

Quoting J.P. Morgan, Tungate wanted to encourage the graduates to continue changing their future. “Go as far as you can see,” she said, “when you get there, you can see further.”

Those graduating from the School of Education include: Amber Adams of Greensburg, Ky., early childhood education; Jeremy Bell of Harlan, Ky., music education with an instrumental emphasis; LaTango Carter of Bowling Green, Ky., elementary and secondary education, 8-12;

Samantha Coomer of Campbellsville, Ky., elementary education, P-; Rita Cox of Nancy, Ky., early childhood education; Zachary Cox of Elkhorn, Ky., music education with an instrumental emphasis; Sarah Dodd of Louisville, Ky., elementary education, P-5;

Jarrod Fenwick of Lebanon, Ky., music education with an instrumental emphasis; Bianca Goodlett of Louisville, Ky., special education; Ashley Hatcher of Owensboro, Ky., special education; Thomas McFerrin of Old Hickory, Tenn.; Brittany McMahan of Campbellsville, Ky., elementary education, P-5;

Angelia Miller of Bowling Green, Ky., elementary education, P-5; Jennifer Newton of St. Francis, Ky., interdisciplinary early childhood education; Lisa O’Neal-Sanders of Louisville, Ky., early childhood education; Lori Parker of Stanford, Ky., early childhood education; Amy Peterson of Taylorsville, Ky., special education with an emphasis in learning and behavior disorders;

Aaron Richmond of Bowling Green, Ky., school improvement; Tomi Scriber of Eminence, Ky., early childhood education; Meryl Settle of Munfordsville, Ky., special education with an emphasis in learning and behavior disorders; Carla Simpson of Elizabethtown, Ky., interdisciplinary early childhood education; Gayla Tungate of Lebanon, Ky., secondary education, 8-12;


Performing special music for the pinning and hooding ceremony are Jarrod Fenwick, left, of Lebanon, Ky., Zack Cox, center,  of Elkhorn, Ky., and Jeremy Bell of Harlan, Ky. (Campbellsville University Photo by Drew Tucker)


Samantha Vanhoose of Flatwoods, Ky., elementary education, P-5; Angela Wagers of Lily, Ky., early childhood education; Emily Wesley of Danville, Ky., elementary education, P-5; Courtney Wilson of Russell Springs, Ky., interdisciplinary early childhood education; and Timothy Woodcox of Campbellsville, Ky., special education.
Graduates Jeremy Bell of Harlan, Ky.; Zachary Cox of Elkhorn, Ky., and Jarrod Fenwick of Lebanon, Ky., provided special music.

Dr. Frank Cheatham, senior vice president for academic affairs, said the invocation, with Samantha Coomer of Campbellsville, Ky., delivering the benediction.

For photos of the pinning, visit CU’s Flickr page at https://www.flickr.com/photos/campbellsvilleedu/sets/72157649426390710/.

Campbellsville University is a widely acclaimed Kentucky-based Christian university with more than 3,500 students offering 63 undergraduate options, 17 master’s degrees, five postgraduate areas and eight pre-professional programs. The website for complete information is campbellsville.edu.



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