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FRIDAY, April 28, 2017 at 3:30 p.m.
Harwood Arena

Invitations will be sent via Kean email to those students who meet the following qualifications:

A cumulative grade point average of 3.45 or better, who have completed a minimum of 45 semester hours at Kean by the end of the fall semester of their senior year.

Summa Cum Laude: cumulative GPA of 3.85-4.00

Magna Cum Laude: cumulative GPA of 3.65-3.84

Cum Laude: cumulative GPA of 3.45-3.64

The Honors Convocation will proceed in the following manner. Honor students will assemble in the Harwood Arena parking lot no later than 3 p.m. (rain or shine) in the special areas designated by college. Family and guests should go directly inside the Arena to be seated.

During the Convocation, honor students will walk across the stage to receive a certificate cover from their college Dean and the President. To help announce each name, students should bring an index card with their name printed in large type (with phonetic pronunciation as needed).

NOTE: certificates will be mailed at the end of the semester, contingent upon maintaining a GPA of 3.45 or higher.

Suggested Attire: business casual


Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz

Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of English Education at Teachers College, Columbia University

Dr. Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz (Ph.D., New York University) is as an Associate Professor of English Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. Yolanda is former Research Associate with the NYU Metropolitan Center for Urban Education, and has worked for Business Week, The New York Times, and New York University in Marketing and Promotion positions. Her research interests include racial literacy development in urban teacher education (with a specific focus on the education of Black and Latino males), literacy practices of Black girls, and Black female college reentry students.

Yolanda’s work has appeared in several top-tier academic journals. Yolanda is also the co-editor on three books including Teacher Education and Black Communities: Implications for Access, Equity, and Achievement  (IAP, with Chance W. Lewis and Ivory A. Toldson). At Teachers College, she is founder and faculty sponsor of the Racial Literacy Roundtables Series where for eight years, national scholars, doctoral, and pre-service and in-service Master’s students, and young people facilitate informal conversations around race and other issues involving diversity and teacher education for the Teachers College / Columbia University community. She is also the co-founder of the Teachers College Civic Participation Project which concerns itself with the educational well-being of young people involved with the juvenile justice and foster care systems in New York.

Yolanda and two of her students appeared in Spike Lee’s 2 Fists Up: We Gon’ Be Alright (2016), a documentary about the Black Lives Matter Movement and the campus protests at Mizzou.


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