TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The College of Education at Florida A&M University (FAMU) will host its Annual Apple Pinning Ceremony Saturday, April 26, at 3:30 p.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 FAMU alumnus Jack Gant. He is an educator and organizational consultant and trainer. His specialties include organization and leadership development, managing diversity, team building, training, and appreciative inquiry.
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 initiated 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.
Gant received his bachelor’s degree from FAMU, his master’s degree from Indiana University and his Ph.D. from Florida State University.
The ceremony is open to the general public. For more information, contact Ada Burnette (850) 599-3191.
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