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President Gutmann and Dean Grossman to Mark 100 Years of Penn GSE on 5/15

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Educators and their impact will be front and center at Penn GSE’s Alumni Centennial Celebration during the University’s Alumni Weekend on Friday, May 15, 2015, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Led by Penn President Amy Gutmann and GSE Dean Pam Grossman, alumni and friends will recognize the School’s accomplishments during its 100 Years of Leading in Education and the achievements of alumni making outstanding contributions to GSE and the field of education today. The event will take place in the Penn GSE Courtyard behind the School’s building at 3700 Walnut Street.

“The celebration will be a wonderful opportunity to bring together our alumni and friends to honor Penn GSE’s long and illustrious history of high-quality research and practice,” said Dean Grossman. “Ever since I was named dean of the School, alumni have been contacting me to tell me how much they loved GSE and their programs. I look forward to meeting many more amazing alumni at the celebration and learning how they are making a difference as we anticipate GSE’s next 100 years.”

GSE alumnus Matthew O’Malley, GED’95, a member of both the Penn GSE Board of Overseers and the Education Alumni Association Board of Directors, will serve as the master of ceremonies. Following speeches by President Gutmann and Dean Grossman, the 2015 Education Alumni Association Awards will be presented to five GSE alumni who represent some of the School’s most distinguished graduates and leaders in the field of education. The event will also recognize the dedication and success of alumni teachers who have spent five or more years in the classroom. Faculty, staff, and student leaders will join in the festivities, which will include balloons, cake, and plenty of red and blue.

The alumni celebration comes on the heels of another GSE Centennial event, a May 5 performance by acclaimed actress, playwright, and social commentator Anna Deavere Smith, who performed parts of a work-in-progress play she is writing about the school-to-prison pipeline.

GSE’s Centennial commemorates the School’s 100 Years of Leading in Education and the qualities that have made this legacy possible: Innovative Ideas, Passionate People, and Making a Difference.

The ongoing celebration has included an all-School birthday party; events for alumni and prospective students in San Francisco, Miami, Chicago, Boston, New York City, Philadelphia, and Beijing; powerful on-campus programs about issues in education; and a “Share Your Story” campaign inviting alumni and friends to share what Penn GSE means to them.

Penn GSE is a world-class professional school offering programs in thirty fields of education. Penn granted its first Ph.D.s in Pedagogy in 1897, and in 1914 Penn GSE was founded as the School of Education with nine undergraduate courses taught by three professors. The School launched a graduate division offering the Master of Science in Education in 1931 and the Doctor of Education starting in 1944. In 1961, the School was restructured and renamed the Graduate School of Education, and in 1966 it moved to the building at 3700 Walnut Street. Today, with 34 tenured and tenure-track faculty and just under 1,300 students, Penn GSE is a small school with remarkable scholarly productivity and influence, located within a dynamic Ivy League setting.

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