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Stevenson University to Award 252 Degrees at Winter Commencement, December 16; Professor Beth Kobett to Address Graduates

November 19, 2013 12:00 AM
Stevenson will present degrees to 252 graduates at this year's Winter Commencement.

Stevenson University will hold its 60th Winter Commencement ceremony on Monday, December 16, at 3 p.m. in the Greenspring Campus Gymnasium, 1525 Greenspring Valley Road, Stevenson, MD 21153. Stevenson will present degrees to 252 graduates — 155 traditional undergraduate bachelor’s, 46 accelerated bachelor’s, and 51 master’s students.

Beth Kobett, Assistant Professor of Education and recipient of the 2012-2013 Rose Dawson Excellence in Teaching Award, will give the keynote address to the graduates. In a longstanding Stevenson tradition, the winner of the year’s Rose Dawson Award is invited to address the University’s December graduating class.

“I am honored to have been selected by the students and am looking forward to speaking at Commencement,” Kobett said.  “The title of my speech is ‘Five More Lessons Before You Go.’ I hope the lessons resonate with the graduates and their families.”

Kobett started teaching at the former Villa Julie College as an adjunct in 1998 and has been a full-time faculty member with the Stevenson University School of Education since 2008.

A former classroom teacher and elementary mathematics specialist, Kobett is a mathematics educator for pre-service students and teachers. She has received the 1995 Maryland Council of Teachers of Mathematics Outstanding Educator Award and the 1997 Johns Hopkins University Excellence in Teaching Award. Kobett conducts professional learning workshops with elementary and middle school faculty throughout the country, and is the lead consultant for the Elementary Mathematics Teacher Leadership Project. She has co-authored several books, including Common Core Mathematics in a PLC at Work, Grades K–2 and 3-5 and Mathematics Coaching Resources and Tools for Coaches and Leaders, K-12. Kobett earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University, and she is currently a doctoral candidate at Johns Hopkins University.

Stevenson University, known for its distinctive career focus, is the third-largest independent undergraduate university in Maryland with more than 4,400 students pursuing bachelor’s, master’s, and adult accelerated degrees at locations in Stevenson and Owings Mills.

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