TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The College of Education at Florida A&M University (FAMU) will host its Annual Apple Pinning Ceremony Friday, December 12, at 10 a.m. at Bethel A.M.E. Church located at 501 West Orange Avenue, Tallahassee. The Apple Pinning Ceremony is an induction ceremony similar to those held for other professions, such as nursing, pharmacy, and medicine.
This year’s keynote speaker is Iris Wilson, deputy chancellor for Student Achievement for the Department of Education. Genniver Bell, dean of FAMU’s College of Education, will preside.
The ceremony will include stimulating performances by students and awards to selected outstanding graduating students from each department in the College of Education.
Students with B.Ed., B.S., M.Ed., M.S. and/or Ph.D. degrees in elementary education, secondary education, business and technology education, physical and recreation education, educational leadership and human services will receive their Apple Pins during the ceremony.
The College of Education’s Apple Pinning Ceremony was created in 2000 through the visionary efforts of FAMU’s Kappa Delta Pi Chapter with Bernadette Kelley serving as advisor and Ada Puryear Burnette serving as co-advisor. Viewing the “apple” as a long used symbol of education and of educators, Burnette keyed in that symbolism when she developed the traditional ceremony and came up with the ceremony’s name.
According to Burnette, Kappa Delta Pi Honor Educational Society would like to use FAMU’s Apple Pinning Ceremony as a model for their organization.
“My vision is that we [FAMU] can create more chapters and a national pinning organization within Kappa Delta Pi,” said Burnette.
The ceremony is open to the general public. For more information, contact Ada Burnette (850) 599-3191.
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