More than 70 graduates from the Faculty of Education were officially welcomed into the teaching profession during the Teacher Induction Ceremony on June 2.
As part of the induction ceremony, the new primary and elementary teachers were presented with pins and recited the Teacher’s Affirmation of Professional Responsibility.
Hosted by Memorial University and the Newfoundland and Labrador Teachers’ Association (NLTA), the ceremony took place at the Glendenning Golf Course.
Jayde Penney, who spoke on behalf of the new teachers, said all the long nights and busy weekends had paid off.
“We did it!”
Penney advised her fellow graduates to “take risks and embrace change” and quoted American historian, educator and author Henry Brooks Adams who wrote “A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.”
Dr. Gerald Galway, associate dean of undergraduate programs, Faculty of Education, said the new teachers join the ranks of 24,000 graduates who have earned education degrees at Memorial.
“You are part of something important – an institution that has endured the test of time and graduated generations of teachers who have gone on to do the important work of creating an educated and socially conscious society. And now the task of building on that legacy is passed to you.”
Dr. Galway told the graduates their teaching career will be a journey with many stops and countless valuable experiences.
“As new teachers you will experience disappointments and frustrations, but you will also celebrate fantastic achievements. Great teachers are shaped by their teaching journey – learning from both spectacular successes and equally impressive catastrophes. But know this – you are well prepared for the challenges that lie ahead.
“In the years to come, you will have the power to help create communities with informed, caring and engaged citizens. You will have the capacity to inspire young adults with your own passion for knowledge, understanding, and innovation. Your time with us was just the beginning of that journey.”
James Dinn, president of the NLTA, advised the new teachers to “move beyond their geographical comfort zone” to teach wherever the opportunities may take them.
He said small rural communities, for instance, offer great opportunities for personal growth and versatility.
Dale Kirby, minister of education and early childhood development, said he has visited 71 schools so far this year and has heard many inspiring stories of teachers who coach teams, prepare students for robotics competitions and organize spring concerts.
“Teaching is a lifelong learning process,” he said.
The Faculty of Education would like to congratulate all those who were inducted and who graduated at Spring Convocation, both in St. John’s on June 2 and in Corner Brook on May 18.